As part of Noise Action Week 2014, East Staffordshire Borough Council is taking the opportunity to raise awareness of the impact noise has on our health, well being and happiness.
Research findings show noise is important to our happiness at home and most neighbourhood complaints to local authorities are about noise. Half a million people move home in a year because of noise.
Noise is sound that disturbs, irritates or annoys us – some sounds can make us feel better – like our favourite music, natural sounds like birdsong or the seashore. Understanding the impact noise has on our health is important – alongside learning that a healthy noise environment can make us (and our neighbours!) happier and help improve health.
East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Pollution Team is supporting Noise Action Week, and encouraging people to be more considerate towards their neighbours.
This year the team would like to raise the profile of ‘Responsible Dog Ownership’.
Philip Somerfield, Head of Service for Regulatory Services, said: “Excessive barking is one of the most common complaints that the Pollution Team investigates each year. The importance of a happy, healthy dog is fundamental not only to its general well being but can go a long way to preventing unnecessary barking. This inturn can minimise the risk of noise nuisance to neighbours.
“There is a wealth of practical information on East Staffordshire Borough Council’s website which provides good advice regarding dog ownership and nuisance barking to both dog and non dog owners alike. Alternatively you can contact the Pollution Team directly on 01283 508524 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are affected by nuisance barking.”
The Council has issued some top tips on how to avoid noisy dogs:-
If your dog barks at outside sounds, don’t let it go out unattended and don’t leave your dog outside if it’s barking to come back in. Keep it away from shared walls and windows so it can’t see people or other animals.
If your dog barks when you leave the house, try to preoccupy him/her so they are not focused on you when you leave. Also leaving them with food and water and providing them with something to play with and leaving the radio on low will help keep your dog calm.
Make sure your dog gets some exercise before you go out. A tired dog barks less.
Try to keep your dog calm, if it barks when it’s excited, don’t play with it at anti social times.
Check that the room is ventilated and not too hot. If you are returning after dark then leave a light on.