Aggressive Nuisance

Aggressive dogs: Many of our calls are responding to aggressive dog complaints. If the dog is off its owner’s property and chases or attacks a person or attacks an animal, the dog may be in violation of County ordinance.

If the animal is actually attacking a person or another animal, we will give the problem our highest priority attention to protect the public. In the event of any emergency, remember to contact 9-1-1


Barking Dogs
: We receive nearly 1,000 complaints a year about barking dogs. Excessive barking is a violation of County ordinance. The County code states that it is a violation for a dog to disturb the peace, comfort, or health of any person of reasonable sensitivity by making loud, long, unnecessary and continuous noises.  If a dog barks more than 5 minutes of any 15 minute interval during the day, that may be considered a violation of County code.

We always suggest that people who are disturbed by the barking talk with the dog’s owner first. Often, the dog’s owner doesn’t realize that the dog is barking when the owner is away. Sometimes, the problem is solved with a simple discussion.

If talking directly doesn’t work, consider mediation. The Beaverton Dispute Resolution Center and the Hillsboro Mediation Program are both successful at calming down both sides of this issue and helping people resolve their differences.

The Beaverton Dispute Resolution Center serves Washington County residents who live east of 185th Avenue, including Tigard, Tualatin, and Sherwood. The Hillsboro Mediation Program serves the county west of 185th Avenue, including Cornelius, Forest Grove, North Plains, and Banks.

If talking with your neighbors directly and using mediation don’t work, you may consider filing a Civil Infraction.