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What's Your Take: Debarking Dogs?

What's Your Take: Debarking Dogs?

While barking is never pleasant for anyone involved, what's the first solution that pops into your head? Is it figuring out the cause . . . or stopping the noisy problem? The debarking surgery has been around for decades — essentially severing the dog's vocal cords — but has fallen out of favor since the concept sounds cruel to many people.

Beyond less invasive citronella and electric collar techniques (which still get critiqued), the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that the surgery only be done "after behavioral modification efforts to correct excessive vocalization have failed." It's probably not easy to find a vet willing to perform this, but a recent New York Times article called it a useful option for owners facing noise complaints and possible eviction. Could you give this the green light?

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vanillabean vanillabean 7 years
I don't think the dog owners are necessarily the culprits, it's their impatient, inhumane neighbors who drive them to do it. While I understand that neighbors should not be subject to a dog who barks incessantly, there are appropriate times when a dog has to bark, just as a person has to communicate. If people don't ever want to hear the bark of a dog, they should not move into buildings/neighborhoods where there are dogs. And likewise, dog owners should not move into buildings/neighborhoods were dogs are not allowed.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
If you can't handle barking then don't get a dog.
Pampire Pampire 7 years
That is completely disgusting! My little Louie is definitely a barker and he barks all the time but, that's his way of telling me something. I can even tell the difference in his barks to what he's wanting. There is no way in hell that I would consider something as cruel as that! That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard! If you dont want to hear a dog bark then don't get one because that's what dogs do!
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Anyone that would even consider doing this should be spayed or neutered.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 7 years
barking can be annoying but so are a lot of people and we don't cut their vocal chords out.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
Yuck! Call this what it is... mutilation. Cruel and unnecessary (like docking dogs' tails and cropping their ears, I think we should do away with those idiotic cosmetic procedures as well!) Also, you can teach your dogs not to bark. I'd suggest reading "How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend" to anyone who has a problem with a loud dog.
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
This breaks my heart and makes me furious at the same time. Maybe people who are getting evicted shouldn't have gotten the dog in the first place! For goodness sake people, don't get a dog if you can't deal with the consequences or responsibilities that come with owning an animal!
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