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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 01:23 PM
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But don't dogs use voice + body language to communicate? would debarking prevent a dog from communicating successfully with another dog?

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post #12 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 01:26 PM
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No, it wouldn't. Not to any great extent.
They can still make noises, plenty of them. And they rely on body language way more than sounds anyway.
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That did cross my mind after I posted this.. debarked that is. I thought I might be nuts for thinking that... Oh well... I'm just glad everyone isn't telling me it's some weird disease I never heard of
I don't know alot of her history. She was advertised as "a good guard dog cause she looks mean"... LOL! They said nothing of her sound... She's very sweet, lord knows what all shes been through.
I really don't care if she can bark or not, it was just really odd to hear her trying to. Axel does plenty of barking for the both of them. Thanks for the input!

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As long as it doesn't seem painful, she doesn't cough after attempting to, or cough at all, actually, as long as she has no issues breathing, she ought to be fine.
Watch for struggling to breathe, blue tongue, etc.
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3rd vote for debarking.
Where'd she come from?? If you adopted as a juvenile or adult she may be debarked.
I got her on Thanksgiving, shes 6 years old, and I have no idea what has been done to her. She needed a home...

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As long as it doesn't seem painful, she doesn't cough after attempting to, or cough at all, actually, as long as she has no issues breathing, she ought to be fine.
Watch for struggling to breathe, blue tongue, etc.
She doesn't cough, she just sounds incredibly strange trying

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3rd vote for debarking.
Where'd she come from?? If you adopted as a juvenile or adult she may be debarked.
Here is the original thread. Dog was kept chained in dirt and had the collar embedded
I should really not look at dog ads...
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But don't dogs use voice + body language to communicate? would debarking prevent a dog from communicating successfully with another dog?
I don't know about debarking but my rescue is missing her tail and it makes communication interesting at times, I didn't realize just how much I looked to the tail as part of communicating with my dogs.
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Could be the collar imbedding that caused her vocal cords to be damaged. I've seen dogs on chains that could no longer bark because they've strained there vocals so bad while being tethered by the neck.

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Could be the collar imbedding that caused her vocal cords to be damaged. I've seen dogs on chains that could no longer bark because they've strained there vocals so bad while being tethered by the neck.
Sadly, that makes sense.
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