Please call 503-655-8628 or fill out our Investigation Request Form. For neighbor disputes, such as barking dog complaints, you may contact Clackamas County Dispute Resolution Center for assistance with talking to your neighbors.
Bites by rabies-susceptible animals should be reported within 24 hours to the county in which the victim resides.
503-655-8628 (for dog bites only)
Fax: 503-557-2829 (for dog bites only)
503-655-8411 (all other animal bites)
Marion County - Environmental Health
Multnomah County - Animal Services
Outside of State
Oregon Health Authority 971-673-1111
Communicable Diseases 503-655-8411
After hours, holidays and weekends when rabies is suspected, call Clackamas County Communicable Diseases at 503-655-8411 or call Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-1111.
Complaints about barking dogs are the most frequent complaints received by Clackamas County Dog Services. As dog owners, we are responsible for the care and well-being of our pets, but sometimes we forget that our dogs can affect other people. We may not be aware of how much disturbance our own dogs are causing, or that we may have neighbors that are very sensitive to our dogs' sounds.
Dogs bark for a variety of reasons, but excessive barking can be caused by:
- medical issues
- lifestyle changes
Things you can do if your dog is barking:
- provide regular mental and physical stimulation
- assure your dog has adequate social contact
- provide a den or small enclosed area
- block access to areas where dog can see distractions
- consider keeping your dog indoors
- have a vet check-up (especially if dog is older or barking is a new behavior)
- obedience training
- professional assistance (including veterinary, training and behavioral therapy)
Resources for understanding and dealing with barking:
Often dog owners are unaware their dog is barking or that the barking is bothersome to neighbors. We recommend talking with your neighbor to help them understand that their dogs barking is a concern for you. You may also contact Clackamas County Dispute Resolution Center for assistance in talking with your neighbors.