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    I find this an extremely interesting topic.

    I find the attitude of many in society dumbfounding regarding ppl who de-bark their dog for one reason or another. An owner doesn't just wake up one morning and think "hey, it's a nice day ,the sun is shining, why don't I de-bark my dog today." Well, most don't anyway. Lol.

    One, it costs money to have a dog de-barked. It's not a cheap alternative.

    Two, vets are not just gonna go "oh okay, I can do it tomorrow if you want." There is a lot to look at and a lot to go through in most cases.

    Three, I have found that often the ppl who whinge and bitch that so-and-so got their dog de-barked are sometimes the same ppl who whinged and bitched to the council and other neighbours in the first place about the dog barking! Amazing.
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    I'm with you there DA.

    If I could ramble for a bit and tell you of a client. Client has had to return to work full time and owns three GSD's in their prime. Husband has recently passed away, teenage children moved on with their lives etc etc. Dogs now suddenly don't have anyone home for over 11 hours a day.

    Two neighbours have complained, I've worked with her and we've managed to limit their barking, but it's hard to train barking dogs if you are working & neighbours are now ready to pounce the minute they open their mouths.

    She told one neighbour that she would have them de-barked, neighbour said they would call the RSPCA if she did. She is now waiting on a third individual neighbour to complain so that she can apply to have them de-barked.

    She has been under an enormous amount of stress from neighbours, letters under front door (no wonder the dogs bark), council etc. As the dogs are on limited register I have put her in contact with Dogs NSW to assist her in her battle which has been an enormous relief to her.

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    Oh I so feel for your client MAC. She's damned if she does and damned if she doesn't, isn't she! Sometimes human mentality just infuriates me.

    I've had a barker before. He was bloody prolific about a certain elderly gentleman next door. Thankfully that gentleman was a kind, intelligent fellow who came over to discuss the situation with me in a friendly manner. It appears my dog would only start up when we left the property, so naturally I had no idea it was even happening.

    Anyway, that gent spent a considerable amount of time (well he was retired) working with me to help solve the problem via training methods. He was so helpful actually, that in time he installed a little gate so when I'd go out for lengthy periods Titan would go over and help him dig up his carrots. Lol.

    I realise that some owners don't give a crap about the peace of neighbours, and they make it so much harder for those who do, like your client.
    Grrrrr!
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    Nice neighbours are a godsend. One little JRT is now best friends with the neighbours after I knocked on their door so we could sort out the problem.

    Tried the same with this particular persons neighbours and they were very rude and it's not an option. I didn't feel safe to be honest.

    But by being a full member of Dogs NSW she is now getting the backing of a much larger organisation than just little me. Surveillance cameras etc were set up and my what interesting things it revealed.

    In the meantime they are walking clients of mine until the legals are settled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Nice neighbours are a godsend. One little JRT is now best friends with the neighbours after I knocked on their door so we could sort out the problem.

    Tried the same with this particular persons neighbours and they were very rude and it's not an option. I didn't feel safe to be honest.

    But by being a full member of Dogs NSW she is now getting the backing of a much larger organisation than just little me. Surveillance cameras etc were set up and my what interesting things it revealed.
    In the meantime they are walking clients of mine until the legals are settled.
    I'll bet it did!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    She told one neighbour that she would have them de-barked, neighbour said they would call the RSPCA if she did. She is now waiting on a third individual neighbour to complain so that she can apply to have them de-barked.
    I wonder what the stupid woman wants done then?! Dogs PTS? I don't think the RSPCA would give her much of a hearing.

    I can't believe ppl would rile up a neighbour's dogs then complain about the noise!

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    I have a different story. Many years ago prior to getting my first dog,the ex and i went to one of the big animal shelters in Melbourne. Walking along looking at all the dogs etc,trying to decide which to get. In the distance i could hear a duck. Now councils pick up all sorts of interesting animals so i didnt think anything of it. Come to the last pen,and its empty,but there is still that duck sound. Then out comes this pitbull looking dog (my apologies i dont recognise the differing breeds) pure white,and he opens his mouth,and quacks!! As he was pure white,you could clearly see the scar tissue all over his body from the many fights he had been in,so i could only assume that he was once a valued fighting dog,but obviously no longer wanted nor needed. His attitude was such that there would have been no hope of re-housing him.

    I can understand the need in some cases for de-barking,such as that which you have all said,but in this case i was horrified due the breed of the dog,and the obvious battle scars he sported from many obvious illegal dog fights as was common with that breed then .

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    But would you normally de-bark as breed that is not known for barking, say for example, a husky?
    As I have never owned a de-barked dog, the information has been very interesting reading...........Thank you.

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    I would never debark any breed unless for the alternative to rehome or PTS.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonniek View Post
    But would you normally de-bark as breed that is not known for barking, say for example, a husky?As I have never owned a de-barked dog, the information has been very interesting reading...........Thank you.
    I'm not really sure what you mean by that comment, Bonnie.
    It is nothing to do with a breed as such, it is to do with the individual dog.

    Just because a breed description states that a particular breed is not inclined to bark a lot, doesn't mean every dog within that breed can read the statistics and obey. Lol.

    If a dog is a nuisance barker, and the owner has exhausted various methods to try and re-train and kurb the excessive barking, and if it becomes a problem for owner and/or neighbours/ council etc, then yes, ppl would consider de-barking regardless of what breed the dog is.
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