Comments on California Bill Takes on Debarking Dogs

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Candace   Arlington, MA

9/8/2010 5:34:09 AM

After Mass. made "bark softening" illegal, I was in a horrible pickle until I did a post on CraigsList in NYC. A few professional "small dog" handlers, trainers and breeders responded saying that, if done properly, it is really the only way for many dog owners to peacefully coexist with their neighbors. I had it done. It was very simple, quick and completely painless to my two otherwise flawlessly trained and lovable Pomeranians. much less invasive than spaying or neutering...going through the mouth under general anesthesia, very similar to removing polyps that some singers develop. Even more amazing, was that it was more affordable than Boston area vet charge for annual shots! It was a life-altering event....for my home and my entire neighborhood. But, for those who think animals rights are more important than human rights, my dogs are perhaps the happiest of all. Because they were very confused with the "human" spray anti-bark collars, the shock anti-bark collars, they rapidly ignored the ultra-sonic anti-bark devices, and were really confused about constantly being yelled at by me, and others, to STOP BARKING!!! Now they can bark away at their hearts content -- whether rough housing with each other, chasing birds and squirrels out of my yard, or greeting friends and family. Only now, they bark very quietly. They do not know the difference except they DO know they are no longer being shocked, sprayed, or yelled at for doing something that is instinctive to their breeding. (afterall, their jobs used to be to drive away unwanted critters from the family gardens, barns and houses. Unlike quiet cats, their job was not to bite or kill..just drive away. That is not their job anymore and their loud voices (probably to make up for their diminutive size) are no longer needed. Check out my blog at http://cclemens.typepad.com . I have done considerable research on this.

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Rose Marie   Charlottesville, VA

5/21/2010 4:12:06 AM

Debarking is a small procedure that does not harm the dog.The dog is playing by afternoon. If it is a choice between having to give up a dog because it barks too much, or putting the dog under for a simple procedure, it is definitely woth it. The dog should be on a leash and under control or in a fenced yard, not roaming the streets or country
side.
The same witth a cat and declawing. The declawed cat should be an indoor cat.

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Karissa   Helena, MT

5/20/2010 8:26:21 PM

WOW. I can't believe they would even consider that. That's so stupid. You should not be able to take the bark out of the dog or declaw cats. They were born with those for survival and communication.

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Sue   Three Oaks, MI

5/20/2010 6:18:40 PM

Interesting article

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EASW   Wilsonville, AL

5/20/2010 5:47:51 PM

VETERINARY DECISIONS SHOULD BE BETWEEN A VET AND PATIENT. THOSE WHO ARE SO ADAMANT AGAINST DECLAWING AND DEBARKING "LOVE" SPAY AND NEUTER--FAR MORE INVASIVE AND DANGEROUS AND CAN BE DEBILITATING IN LATER LIFE DUE TO INCREASED CANCER RISKS, BLADDER INCONTINENCE, ETC. DON'T FALL FOR MORE ANIMAL RIGHTS' AGENDAS.

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Loves animals   Santa Rosa, CA

5/20/2010 4:01:33 PM

The people behind this bill must be ignorant of the health benefits to humans and to the animals who undergo bark softening or declawing. Dogs and cats do not notice the difference after these minor surgeries. They still bark just not loudly and they don't damage the property. Such dogs can still be heard from 65 feet away so there is no problem of a policeman being attacked by a bark softened dog. The voice tone is lowered not removed. Cat scratches can cause Cat Scratch fever in a human being which can be extremely dangerous to pregnant women and people with immune disorders. So people with AIDs and those undergoing cancer treatments cannot own cats because their immune systems will be compromised if the cat scratches them. This is something all cats do even to owners they love. It is their nature. By removing the claws you remove the health risk to the owner and family members. This is not only a health issue for the community but also for at risk members of the community. The cat is not harmed nor does it affect their personality. The same is true for bark softened dogs. These surgeries should rest with the owner and the vet not the public.

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doglover   Santa Rosa, CA

5/20/2010 3:49:22 PM

Bark Softening is not cruel nor does the dog notice any difference. It is a 15 minute procedure or less and the dog can bark just not as shrill. This is propaganda by the animal rights movement. This surgery is not common and is used only as a last resort for those animals that cannot be trained to not bark. If you have lived next door to a shrill constant barker then you understand the need for this surgery. For the owner to have this done does not mean they did not try everything else first. To pass this law means that no one will be able to rent who has a pet. Is that fair? No! This is not cruel nor dangerous in fact it is just the opposite. Dogs are not talking by barking they use other means to communicate. Also bark softening does not injure or prevent the animal from barking. What is cruel are shock collars and sprays that are suppose to stop such dogs from barking but do not because a nonstop barker doesn't respond. It is a much easier and better life for the bark softened dog than one who spends his life being rebuked for its shrill bark. This surgery actually allows the dog to do what it wants which is bark just not as loud that will bother the neighbors.

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Sam   Santa Rosa, CA

5/20/2010 3:41:18 PM

This bill is proposed by radical animal rights people who want to make it impossible for you to own a pet. Bark softening is not cruel nor is it harmful to the animal and in fact this surgery is the last resort for nonstop or high pitched barkers. Barking is not communication by a dog and is not needed. Bark softened dogs can be heard from 65 feet away. It does not disrupt their health nor is it dangerous to the health of the animal like the mandatory spay and neuter is to young puppies removing their growth hormones which cause continuous health problems later in life. Know that radicals are at work in California to remove you ability to own a pet by passing laws like this and causing the deaths of thousands of pets. Do not vote for this law as it ends in high rates of shelter deaths. For those who say you can train an animal not to bark that is not true in all cases. Again this law comes from the minds of people who want to end all pet ownership. They do not care about the well being of the animal otherwise they would not mandate surgery at all ages that results in the death of 1% of those who undergo this surger and results in the deaths of those animals that had homes but whose owners cannot afford the surgery. It also causes life long health problems and is dangerous. When anyone mandates surgery no matter what they do not have the best interest of the animal in mind. Remember that the animal rights movement is made up of people who do not like animals at all and want to end all domestic animals forever.

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Melissa   Farmington, NM

5/20/2010 7:20:36 AM

Next they'll want you to devoice your kids. You know how annoying they can be in an apartment. Dogs bark, it's natural. If you don't want barking, don't get a dog!! No law should force you to mutilate your pet.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

5/19/2010 11:46:20 PM

Seems like a crazy law. I would never live somewhere where they would require cruelty to animals.

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lala   salinas, CA

5/19/2010 4:45:24 PM

wow I live in cali never heard of this I know they made me get renters insurance which is good all I know I would have never did that to my dogs I would rather have lived out in the streets Barking is what dogs do. Cruel and crazy law

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Lisa   Alhabra, CA

5/19/2010 1:56:24 PM

Who knew this was legal to begin with - we have animal creulty laws but this oay?!

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Carrie   Carol Stream, IL

5/19/2010 11:50:21 AM

Why don't we think about de-vocalizing these idiots who think this is a good idea. Why is it that our pets are the ones that suffer? This is on the same line as dog-fighting as far as I'm concerned. Leave the dogs alone!!!! What have dogs done to deserve this inhumane treatment? They give us nothing but unconditional love and this is how California wants to treat them? I think it's HORRIBLE!!!!!!

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Terry   Houston, TX

5/19/2010 12:53:19 AM

TERRIBLE to devocalize an animal! What are people thinking????

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