Dogs - Dog Constable, Tags, General Information

Hampton's Dog Constable

Hampton's Dog Control Officer is Darin Clarke. He is reachable 24 hours a day at 643-0095.

Dog Registration and Licensing
Dog owners like to believe that their dogs will never go missing, but chances are that your dog will wander off at some point in its life. Responsible dog owners protect their pets by registering their dogs annually and ensuring that their dogs are wearing their dog license tag at all times. A Town of Hampton dog license tag tells everyone that a roaming dog is a lost pet that is missed by its loving family and makes it easier for the Dog Control Officer or concerned residents to track down the owner of a lost dog.


Dog owners can register their dogs IN PERSON at the Town Hall located at 648 Main Street. between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fee is twenty dollars ($20.00), or

BY MAIL: by printing and completing the downloadable application form and mailing it along with a cheque for seventeen dollars ($23.00)
. Mail to: Town of Hampton c/o Dog Registration, P.O. Box 1066, 648 Main Street, Hampton, NB, E5N 8H1.

A license tag which is lost after it has been issued, may be replaced at the Town Office upon application by the owner, and the payment of fifteen ($10.00) dollars.

Running at Large
All dogs enjoy running and playing. In fact, it is necessary for their physical and mental well being. The best and safest place for a dog to run and play is in its owner's yard.

"Running at Large" means that a dog is off the premises of its owner and is not on a leash held by its owner or another person. Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs at all times. Make sure your dog is unable to escape from your property and keep your dog on a leash when off of your property.

Running at Large puts your dog at increased risk of
being injured in traffic accidents and fights with other animals, inhumane treatment by people, becoming lost and contracting disease.

Dogs running at large may create a nuisance for others by frightening people who are not comfortable around dogs, defecating on property other than that of their owner, behaving in a destructive manner such as digging in gardens, ripping open garbage bags, or posing a risk to other pets and wild animals.

If your dog is found running at large, it may be picked up by the Dog Control Officer. Prior to retrieving your dog, you must pay an impound fee, daily boarding fee, any veterinary expenses, and a dog registration fee if your dog is not licensed.

Residents who see a dog running at large should contact the owner if they recognize the dog or contact the Dog Control Officer Darin Clarke on his cell phone at (506)643-0095 if the dog is posing a safety hazard to itself or others, they do not recognize the dog, they are unable/unwilling to contact the dog's owner, or they have spoken with the owner but there has been no attempt to address the issue. 

Barking Excessively
Barking is natural behaviour for a dog. It's one way a dog communicates with people and other animals. Though it may be desirable for a dog to bark in certain situations, for example to warn that a threat is present, excessive barking is a sign of a problem and may create a nuisance. Excessive barking is barking that is persistent and occurs for an extended period of time or on a repeated basis.

Dealing with a Barking Nuisance
Residents who are experiencing issues with a dog barking excessively should determine if the barking is excessive, contact the dog's owner. The owner may not be aware that the dog is causing a nuisance. Contact the Dog Control Officer Darin Clarke on his cell phone at (506)643-0095 if they are unable/unwilling to contact the dog's owner or they have spoken with the owner but there has been no attempt to address the issue.

When reporting barking nuisance, residents must provide the location where the dog lives, the dates, times and duration of the barking. A printable copy of a barking dog log is available below.

Dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs at all times.Responsible dog owners prevent their dogs from barking excessively by training their dog to respond to a "quiet" command, contacting neighbours to determine if barking is a problem, and taking steps to reduce barking reducing Excessive Barking.

The only way to reduce excessive barking is to determine what is causing the dog to bark. Once you know why your dog is barking, you will be able to devise a plan to reduce the barking. With a little patience and time, most dogs will stop barking excessively.

Causes and solutions to excessive barking include:
Provide toys to keep your dog entertained.
Exercise and play with your dog on a daily basis.
Take your dog to obedience classes and practise regularly to reinforce lessons and provide mental stimulation.
Leave a radio or TV on at low volume.

Separation Anxiety Barking:
Consult a professional trainer, an animal behaviourist or your veterinarian.

Territorial Barking
Block your dog's view with a fence or hedge
Keep curtains or shades drawn. A dog won't bark at what it can't see.
Leave a radio or TV on at low volume.
Introduce your dog to service people that regularly visit your property, i.e. mailman, paper carrier.

Physical Discomfort Barking
Ensure that your dog's area is comfortable by providing adequate shelter from weather conditions if outside, and adequate space if inside.
Provide sufficient food and clean water.
Ensure your dog is in good health by taking it to the vet for regular checkups or when it is ill or in pain.

Fear Barking
Provide a safe place where the effects of the frightening event are minimized, i.e. during a thunder storm, leave your dog in a comfortable area in the basement or windowless room and turn on a radio, TV or noisy fan to mute the sounds of the storm.

If you are unsuccessful at curbing your dog's barking, you may want to consult your vet, a professional dog trainer, or an animal behaviourist.