Dangerous dogs: We receive many calls about dogs showing aggressive behavior. 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 and determined dangerous.

Owners of dogs that have been found dangerous will have to comply with restrictions placed on the dog. The types of restrictions placed will be determined by the type of behavior the dog has exhibited.

Additionally, dogs that have been determined dangerous may be subject to an additional licensing and supervision fee.

Continuous Annoyance: We receive nearly 1,000 complaints a year about barking dogs. A dog that repeatedly barks, whines, screeches, howls, or makes other sounds heard beyond its own property can be deemed a continuous annoyance if it does so for 5 or more minutes of any 15 minute period. 

We always suggest that people talk with the dog's owner first about the noise. 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.