>> >I have a 15-week-old Elkhound that has learned that she can *bark*
>> >bark, and bark, and bark, etc.) While we want her to bark when
>> >appropriate, such as to go out, to come in, when strangers are at
>> >or in the driveway, we don't want her to bark excessively outside.
>> >we live in a residential area in town, I don't want her barking to
>> become a
>> >nuisance to our neighbors.
>> >Is this just a puppy stage that she will outgrow or is there
>> >can do to correct the barking we don't want?
>> >Thanks a lot for your advice.
>> Our daughter-in-law used a "bark collar" on her austrailian shepard.
>> is a battery operated box on a collar which is tuned to your dog's
>> then gives the dog a shock everytime it barks. I am somewhat
>> uncomfortable with the concept, but it did work. The dog still
>> but in moderation such that neighbors no longer complain.
>> Probably a tool of last resort!
>> Tim O'Brien
>A friend of mine who works in a vet clinic spoke favorably
>of removing (surgically) a dog's bark. I have always thought
>this was aterrible thing to do, but he seemed to think it
>more humane than a bark collar. When pressed, I couldn't name
>a specific reason why a dog needed a bark, other than to warn
>off burglars, so I guess it comes down to the docking discussion:
>Do we have the right to surgically alter our animal companions
>to meet our personal specs.
>I do think that if it comes down to a serious problem, as in
>shut the dog up or put it down (which point I almost reached
>with a neurotic and unreasonable neighbor who took a legitimate
>complaint-daytime barking- to ridiculous measures- court
>battle), having it surgically debarked is certainly a viable
>Please don't think I'm suggesting it as an option for your
>dog! I think the problem would have to be very serious before
>I would even consider such a drastic measure.
The first time I heard about debarking, I thought it was the most
thing I ever heard of. Shortly after that time, we got our two
puppies. Within months, some human female dog behind us was collecting
signatures on a petition to the homeowners association in the community
we live, complaining about the noise. In asking around, my immediate
neighbors said they never heard a thing, that you wouldn't even know
there. Since this had hit us out of the blue, I was most upset that
person hadn't approached me directly right from the beginning. I then
home from work on 7 separate occasions, with the window above their pen
and a bucket of water standing by. Not a peep. I figured the problem
gone away. A few months later, this woman complained again to the
giving times and dates when I KNEW it hadn't been my dogs and I had an
extremely heated debate with her, each of us accusing the other of
liars. By this time, I couldn't sleep at night, worrying about this.
However, some of my friends said on occasion the dogs would sing for
to 5 minutes at a time. This didn't seem excessive to me and I hadn't
anything from the creep for awhile, so more time went by.
One day, though, I came home from work and thought the local firehouse
miles from us) had their siren going. Then I realized that my guys
full song. Now they had done this in the house a few times, but only
intentionally got them started. This was the first time I had heard
bouncing off the houses around us. However, since they are only
during the day time, and with us the rest of the time, I thought this
couldn't really do anything about it.
Then came the morning I had a cop at my door at 7:30 AM because this
had issued a complaint. It turns out the local ordinance is such that
have bronchitis and cough too much, your neighbor can drag you into
hired ourselves a lawyer, but I realized that even if we "beat this
could keep complaining and keep dragging us into court every day for
of our lives. So we had them debarked. (The veternarian went down
throats and "nicked" their vocal cords.) Yes, they sound like the
and no they can't sing their beautiful songs any more. But for almost
we had this*** over our heads every waking and many sleeping hours
couldn't take it anymore. After two years, they can bark, but not
try to sing and do choruses together that sound like a lot of air
from something, but it doesn't carry the way it used to. They are
clams and I don't ever have to worry anymore that it might be my dogs.
a man with a vasectomy.)
I agonized about this decision for months and have never really
for long, but I do miss the singing. Our next house will be in the
we never have to do it again. By the way, I think they now in some
vocalize more than ever, it's just not so LOUD.
Betty Anne Shores