Many people think that dogs being debarked will put an end to the behaviour - it wont! A dog barks for many reasons and the cause of same needs to be determined and behaviour modification brought in to help. In many cases the dogs just ends up being more stressed than originally.Not only have the causes for the excessive barking not been dealt with, dog has been hospitalized, may have pain from the surgery, and now it cant bark - how would you feel if your voice was taken away?
Dr. Dewhirst says that your vet should be able to teach you the modifications involved for changing the behaviour, but in my own experience, it is far better to call in a behaviourist who has studied for years to be able to assist.
It may also be necessary for the behaviourist to liaise with your vet if the situation is extreme, in order for the vet to provide medication for calming to assist the dog coping while the modifications are taking place.
Debarking surgery should be last resort
Dr. Tracy Dewhirst:
Q: My dog barks all the time and I was thinking about having the surgery that will keep him from barking. Is this painful or harmful?
A: It is important to first find out why your dog barks. Some dogs bark at other dogs or because they are guarding their home; other dogs experience separation anxiety or are bored and need more exercise. Most causes of excessive barking in dogs can be altered with behavior modification techniques and management that your veterinarian can teach you.
Understanding what makes your dog bark can help in changing his habits, and you may be able to eliminate the problem without using a surgical option. I am not a big fan of debarking and would only consider it as a last resort if behavior therapy failed and the animal faced euthanasia orhttp://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/dec/08/debarking-surgery-should-be-last-resort/ relocation.
Debarking is the slang name for a ventriculocordectomy, a surgery where the vocal cords are amputated. The name debark implies removing the bark but it is a misnomer; this surgery does not stop barking it just lessens the intensity of the sound. Dogs that are debarked have a raspy bark, think chronic smoker
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