Oh what a silly old daffer...very glad that Logan didn't jump.
Kinda do feel sorry for the snapback doggy though lol...
Hey DA.....was Logan debarked before arriving on your doorstep? I would also like to know how this has effect your life and your thoughts on debarking. I have a lot of people ask me about it (believe it or not) and I have no idea what to say to them as I have zero experience here.
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Sorry to but in .... there's an ex show dog at dog club that has been de-barked. It would seem that it happens to a lot of show dogs. I have my own personal opinion, but given that I don't show or breed, it would be most inappropriate for me to share my thoughts. I must say though, I feel very sorry for this poor dog at club. It's not a nice sound that comes out of his body when he barks ... and he barks all the time.
So glad he did not jump but this is the first thread I read and I can't get out of my head that Hy craps on her front lawn.
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Ditto ... except mine is red wine.
Yeah Di, Loves.Danes had me literally rolling around on the office floor!
I wonder if she puts a sparkler in it?
She was apparently de-barked because her barking was excessive, to the stage that the neighbours of her previous owner filed complaints, and it all snow-balled from there, legally. Previous owner did not undertake the operation lightly, to my knowledge, but who truly knows except them.
So, end result, decision made, Logan was de-barked. Ironic really, as she ended up going to a new home anyway. lol.
In all honesty Shar I'm finding it a God-send. Not gonna pretend otherwise. So far there has not been one negative to it. In a house with children asleep at night that she can't wake up by going off; a cat she can't scare by barking herself silly at it; the list goes on.
TBH I have not found her to be much of a barker at all anyway, but in all fairness to previous owner, our place is rather private and the need to constantly bark is just not there. I think she was probably left out in the yard maybe, hence the prolific barking in her previous home??? Just guessing though, Shar.
I have also found that I am far more in tune to every other sense with her than I've ever been with any other dog, bar one. Her stance, her ability to practically 'talk' to you in other ways and alert you to what's happening, her eye contact is amazing, all these things add up to make it a very pleasant experience, after all.
It is just a soft but deep husky sound that comes out, and she really has no idea she HAS been de-barked anyway.
From a breeders perspective I can see why it might happen and why it often happens in show homes.
The simple answer is normally the number of dogs.
Some breeds are more prone to barking than others. One of the reasons I find the Whippet so attractive is that they do not bark much.
I moved to larger premises about a year ago because I didn't want to live on tender-hooks every time one of my dogs opened it's mouth. Having said that I can hear the dog across the gorge when it barks so I suppose they can also hear mine.
We could say that all breeders should live on acreage but dog breeding is expensive so moving onto acreage is not always possible, you need to have an income/be close to work.
We could limit the amount of dogs, but people want to buy from experienced breeders, they don't want them too closely bred etc. So that amounts to numbers of dogs.
If one dog barks, a lot of the time the others will join in.
Breeders could do more training etc of barkers but I also say that like other dog owners we are only human and have problems much the same as pet owners who sometimes have trouble managing one.
We should not breed from barkers perhaps! I've only had one barker/talker and this bitches puppies were not barkers.
Sometimes we get lucky and have tolerant neighbours. Friends of mine have had to set-up a camera to prove to council that their neighbour bangs on the side of their garage to set their dogs off of a night. The dogs are crated in there at night because the owner said they were barking in their runs.
The dogs I have seen at shows seem to be happy to bark their raspy bark, none the wiser that not much noise is coming out.
I've not owned or had to de-bark a dog. But know people who have had to.
My understanding is that in NSW 3 different neighbours must complain before you apply to a vet and the vet applies to have the dog de-barked.
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