Thursday 22 April 2021

**GUEST POST SEGMENT** Nuisance Neighbours or Noisy Neighbours ~ What Can You Do About Noisy Neighbourhood Dogs?

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Today, we have a really interesting post about what to do if mew have noisy neighbours.

Mew would think here in the rather sleepy village of Mewton-Clawson that things are purretty ideal. Well, we're going to shatter that illusion for mew right now.

There are some peeps who live along the Main Street that own lovely K9's of all sizes; now some of these peeps don't think about anyone else who lives here because they leave their K9's outside to bark all day. One family has four labradors who bark at anything that moves, whether it be a falling leaf off a tree or someone walking by, and it can begin at 6am right up to 11 or 12pm.

The P.A. is not a stranger to owning dogs and has had many as five at any one time, from tiny terriers to quite large alsatian cross labradors. And over the years there were multiple K9 rescues, and many of them needed rehabilitation from being mistreated by their previous owners, so we do understand the challenges for some K9 pawrents especially if their anipal furiend has been previously abused. 

And while we really do like our dog-buddies, we are a bit fed up with all the barking. So when we were approached about doing a guest post on noisy neighbours, we asked the question: 


A lot of the time it's NOT the K9's at fault; it's the owners who don't think about anyone else, they have no consideration, and many don't even train their K9 companions properly, which in our humble opinion, is really not cricket. If mew have a dog, mew have a duty to teach and train it, not leave it outside in all weathers every day to bark willy-nilly from dawn till whenever.

In fact, the P.A. remarked only last week that it sounded like Battersea Dogs Home as there were multiple howlers, yappers, yippers, woofers, deep gruffers and snarlers all going at it at the same time, it was horrendous.

Anyhoo, us cats are sick of it interrupting our naps and mew guys know what it's like when your sleep gets continually interrupted, it makes for a very grumpy kitty and Amber is getting supurr crotchety about it all!  

So let's see what advice an expert has to offer on a situation like this.



Amanda Hamilton is Chief Executive of the National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP)

Over lockdown, many of us have spent more time than ever before at home. Some of us have even been trying to work from home with children and cats to look after. And what of our neighbours? Perhaps you have only just realised how noisy their dogs are, or perhaps they’ve always been that way and you’re unsure whether there is anything you can do about it. 

The good news is, there is something that can be done!

Every local or district council has an environmental health department. These teams are known as ‘Noise or Nuisance Teams’.

A nuisance can relate not just to noise that stops you doing what you normally do, for example, sleeping or watching television or even having a conversation with someone in your own home, it also includes odours, fumes, dust, smoke and fireworks (with the exception of certain festivals when times for fireworks may be extended). In fact, a nuisance can be anything that may interfere with the enjoyment of your own home.

There are certain things that noise teams are unable to deal with such as noise relating to traffic, planes, trains and some domestic noises such as, footsteps, crying babies, kitchen appliances and doors opening or closing.

Everything else is actionable. For example, neighbours with dogs barking outside all day and/or night. Once this has been reported to the department, they instruct a team that then contacts you to enquire whether the noise is still going on. If it is, they come round and experience the noise from your home. If they believe that the noise is excessive, they can initially talk to the neighbours to ask them to refrain and give them a warning. Once the first visit has taken place, a letter gets sent to the neighbours confirming the Noise Team’s visit and explaining that, if the team is requested to visit again, a second warning will be given. On a third visit, the Team has the right to serve a notice threatening prosecution and/or seizure of equipment.

If you have a nuisance or noisy neighbouring dog start by trying to reason with the owners. Let them know that their actions are impacting your life and ask if they are able to stop their dog barking. Sometimes people are simply not aware of the impact of their actions.

However, if reasoning fails, and the neighbours refuse to change their behaviour, then don’t be tempted to threaten them or resort to retaliation tactics, call the ‘noise team’ of your local council. It will help a lot if you have been able to keep a diary of the dates, times and type of disruption. This will help the noise team.  The noise team need to hear the noise or witness the disruption for themselves, so if you can determine a pattern, this will help them visit at the appropriate time and can move the process forward much quicker.  Also keep a log of your conversations with your neighbour about the disruption, and their responses.

If you still have trouble, or the noise team haven’t provided the remedy you are seeking, you could always apply to the court for an injunction. This is an order from the court, that can have a power of arrest attached, which forces the neighbour to cease the noise. This is where a paralegal can help. A paralegal is trained and educated to assist consumers to make applications to courts and give advice. They are not solicitors, so their fees are lower and they are therefore very cost-effective.


Amanda Hamilton is Chief Executive of the National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP), a non-profit Membership Body and the only Paralegal body that is recognised as an awarding organisation by Ofqual (the regulator of qualifications in England). Through its Centres, accredited recognised professional paralegal qualifications are offered for a career as a paralegal professional. 


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Well that was supurr informative, many thanks to Amanda for sharing all that invaluable info with us today and if mew've got nuisance or noisy neighbours, then at least mew have some idea of how to deal with rectifying it and restoring some calm to your life.

Amber will be here tomorrow with another fabulous book to share, so do stop by the library to say hi if mew get a chance as mew know how much she loves your visits.

Until next time

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  1. The B Team could always use some of their heavy artillery to take care of the problem. ;)

  2. We, us pups that is...bark a lot, but it annoys and embarrasses petcretary so she shoos us inside if she can't get us to hush. I Benji am the worst offender...she has considered getting one of those anti bark collars, but she really thinks they are inhumane. Years ago a shock collar set to the lowest correction turned MJF into a jelly all melted and he was a feisty piece of dog, let us tell you!

    They are never outside unless someone is home...and not at night, then their doggy door is locked.

    Our aunty has troubles with her neighbours always calling the animal control peeps on her dog, and on all the other dogs around there...and none of them are really nuisance barkers. Her own two barking mutts do not seem to bother her...what a hypocrit! Grrr!

    Long years ago (n the late 1960's), my father wanted to call the police, (we did not have animal control as such back then...), about some nearby peeps with two hunting hounds who howled each and every night. Instead, somehow he found out their phone number and called them up, pretending to be someone who spoke poor English, and told them if those dogs did not stop with the howling then he would call the police! Well, we never heard them at night anymore after that! LOL!

  3. We had a neighbor behind us that had two girls (screechers) and a small dog that they threw outside when they went to work. That dog barked ALL. DAY. LONG. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Then they would all come home and the dog went inside and the girls got on the trampoline and screeched for hours. All their friends came over too. They were neighbors from hell and they didn't care what we thought. They did nothing and there wasn't anyone to help us. For several years it was hell and then they moved. It's been quiet ever since. We did the happy dance for weeks when they left.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches all around and a hug to mom. ♥

  4. The world is such a noisy place, and I especially dislike lawnmowers and those weed-wacker machines.

  5. We are lucky that we are quite secluded. The worst we hear is a terrier from the farm below us. If joggers dare to run in his lane he has to bark at them. He is harmless though, and if he keeps on we hear the farmer shouting to him to get in.

  6. Luckily our neighborhood dogs are pretty well behaved. The noise problem we had was the next door neighbor's alcoholic ex-girlfriend. She would scream all the bad words on the list for hours. Yikes.


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