Your neighbours have a dog that is noisy at night : Semi-Formal Letter [IELTS General Writing Task 1 ]

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Your neighbours have a dog that is noisy at night. You can’t sleep due to this.

Write a letter to your neighbours. In your letter:

  • describe the problem with the dog
  • explain why it is important for you to sleep
  • outline what your neighbours could do about the situation

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write your own addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mr and Mrs …………….., 


  1. Disturbance (noun) – The interruption of a settled and peaceful condition.
  • Example: The loud barking is a nightly disturbance.
  1. Essential (adjective) – Absolutely necessary; extremely important.
  • Example: A good night’s sleep is essential for my daily activities.
  1. Training (noun) – The action of teaching a person or animal a particular skill or type of behavior.
  • Example: Some basic dog training might alleviate the issue.

Sample Letter 1:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Patterson,

I hope this letter finds you well. Firstly, let me start by saying that I understand the joy and companionship that a pet, especially a dog, can bring to a family. However, I’ve been facing an issue recently, which I believe we can address amicably.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that your dog has been barking quite loudly and frequently, especially during the late hours of the night. The noise has been causing a disturbance and affecting my sleep considerably.

A good night’s sleep is essential for me, especially since my job requires high levels of concentration and I often have early morning meetings. The lack of rest is affecting my performance and overall well-being.

I kindly request if you could look into this matter. Perhaps the dog is agitated due to some reason or might be needing some training to help it remain calm during the night. It would also be beneficial if the dog could be kept inside during the late hours to reduce the noise.

I deeply appreciate your understanding and cooperation on this matter. I’m sure with mutual respect and understanding, we can resolve this issue to the satisfaction of both parties.

Warm regards,

[Your Name]

Sample Letter 2:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Williams,

I hope you’re doing well. I wanted to talk to you about a small issue I’ve been facing lately, and I believe that together we can find a solution.

Recently, I’ve observed that your dog seems to be quite active and vocal during nighttime. While I completely understand that animals can sometimes be unpredictable, the noise is affecting my sleep.

My job involves long hours, and sleep is of the utmost importance to me to ensure I’m refreshed and ready for the challenges of the next day. The continuous barking at night is making it hard for me to get the essential rest I need.

I would be grateful if you could consider some options to alleviate this situation. Maybe there’s a specific reason the dog is restless, or perhaps some professional training or advice might help in calming him during the night. Another solution could be to have a designated quiet space for him indoors during the later hours.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I appreciate your understanding and hope we can find a way to ensure a peaceful environment for everyone.

Best regards,

[Your Name]

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