For example, if you are getting so many noise complaints that you are going to get kicked out of your apartment.
This is a pretty controversial topic, morse, and I think it is difficult to say for certain. There are two sides to the argument. On the one hand, one may argue that debarking a dog is a lazy and cruel way to get your dog to bark less, and that by training them you may be able to fix the problem. One may also argue that the dog will go through a lot of emotional distress after being debarked. On the other side of the argument, as you have mentioned, one may argue that by not debarking a dog they may have to be given to a shelter and potentially be euthanized if they don’t find a home. Also, supporters of debarking may argue that by debarking a dog, they will be happier because their owner won’t punish them for barking anymore.
I think it is impossible to say which side is the right one, but I would certainly hope that all other options were thouroughly exhausted before debarking even becomes a possibility.
Thanks for your thoughtful answer. This really helps me understand the two sides of the issue a lot more. I think the key, like you said, is to make sure all options are exhausted before even contemplating it.
I’m glad I could help, morse!
Technically, debarking isn’t exactly what it sounds like. Debarking is a way to lower the volume of the bark. The dog can still communicate with vocal sound, the bark is just at a lower volume. Some breeds of dogs are just vocal, I can tell you from personal experience. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions when it comes to this topic please check out the link 🙂
Whether something is immoral or not is an individual opinion. There are arguments for both sides, definitely, so it’s really up to you. If you love your pet and this is the only way you can continue to care for it, then that is definitely a strong argument. However, it is just as strong to say that it is against nature to alter an animal’s vocal chords for one’s own convenience. Evaluate the situation and see what is more important to you — it’s your decision, and your pet.
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