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What does it mean to debark or devocalize your dog?

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2008-10-05 22:06:41

Debarking, or devocalization, is a controversial surgical

procedure in dogs that permanently stops a dog from barking through

surgery. Debarking reduces the volume and pitch of a dog's bark

making it sound more as if the dog is hoarse or whispering. This is

done in response to problematic amounts of barking. Up to 35% of

dog owners report problems with barking, which can cause disputes

and legal problems that are often considered more important than

the individual canines themselves.

The controversial surgical procedure known as 'de-barking' is a

veterinary procedure for modifying the voice box so that a barking

dog will make a significantly reduced noise. Animal rights

organizations have strongly opposed debarking. Those who have the

procedure done claim their dogs are non-responsive to other

therapies. Imagine for a moment that someone forces you into

surgery and takes away your ability to communicate and verbally

express yourself. This is what debarking is for a dog. Puppy mills

have utilized a particularly cruel and crude method of debarking

dogs. ramming a metal pipe down dog`s throats. Animal rights

activists have been trying to educate the public about this

terrible practice.


I'm supplying this edit in argument to the aforesaid

information, as I have problems with the accuracy of the stated

information. Hearing is the least important sense to a dog, so

losing the ability to bark loudly won't impact communication. Dogs

rely heavily on body language, and even deaf dogs who never learn

to bark do very well in multiple dog households. Debarking a dog

usually still allows them to bark, it just reduces how loud the

barks are and how far the barks carry.

This surgery can literally be a life saver for someone whose dog

barks so much that the neighbors are complaining. Owners can face

fines, confiscation and euthanasia of the dog if the barking can't

be brought under control by other means. Many dogs are problem

barkers, and no amount of training, medications or bark collars

will stop them, especially if its due to anxiety.

The animal rights activists want to outlaw debarking, but they

don't present a solution to the problem presented by the many dogs

that will be killed when their desperate, loving owners have run

out of other options. This surgery can be a life saver! -----------

I edited both questions in order to reduce the invective that had

nothing whatsoever to do with the answer or the objective facts

supplied. I think it's fair on the one hand to say that any

intrusive surgery should only be performed when medically

necessary, as any surgery creates a health risk to the subject.

Surgery without good clinical cause is unethical. That said, we

live in a world where well-meaning dog owners may be presented with

the options of giving up a barking dog or facing legal

repercussions that can be quite extensive, and may well force the

issue. Putting a barking dog out on the street, admitting it to

Animal Control, either voluntarily or seeing the animal seized

under court order, or putting the dog down in order to comply with

a court order can be the other side of de-barking. I would suggest

that, in the case of a choice between debarking an animal, or

putting it down, de-barking has met the criterion for medical

necessity. In this case, I leave it to the reader to determine

which is the greater kindness.

----------------------------------------- i got a better opinion of

what to do in this situation. instead of debarking your dog or

putting it to sleep because of the barking and the neighbors

getting bothered an all... how about you just dont get a dog at

all. if you own a pet and you cant control it, best option would be

to be petless and that would pretty much keep dogs from being put

to "sleep" or being "debarked".

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