Debarking, or devocalization, is a controversial
procedure to permanently stop a
barking by cutting its
vocal cords or removing laryngeal tissue. A common impetus for
debarking is a neighbor upset at the dog's frequent or ill-timed
barking. The procedure has come under fire partly because dogs bark to
express a variety of emotions, such as loneliness, which could perhaps
be addressed by other means, such as keeping the dog inside with the
family instead of penned up in a yard. In addition, the surgery
reportedly involves a great deal of pain post-operatively.
Up to 35% of dog owners report problems with barking, which can be quite a
nuisance in populous areas.
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