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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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Nala can't bark. Why?

My new adult female can't seem to bark. She isn't much of a "barker" to start with. She growls when she plays... but when she tries to bark only a squeak comes out. It's crazy, she will be all excited, and it's like a total attempt to bark, rapid barking... but nothing comes out but a high pitched squeaking noise. She hurt herself once, and "wailed" pretty well, but it was more of a high pitched "Scream" noise, more of a squeaky scream... like she has no lower voice. She does growl in a lower voice...
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 03:32 AM
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something could have happened to her in her past as she is an adult now? I am pissing in the wind here but that would be my best guess. On a positive side be thankful, My boy doesn't shut up!


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Was she debarked by her previous owner?

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Omg... They probably debarked her
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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.
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That does sound like she was debarked.




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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-22-2012, 11:44 AM
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I also agree it sounds like she was debarked

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You would think that that would be considered need to know information during adoption or purchase . Poor girl.


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Oh, that sucks. It's like there's a real-life Ursula-the-sea-witch who stole the singing voice of a GSD-princess, like in The Little Mermaid.

I wonder if the vocal cords of a debarked dog can be surgically reconnected?
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Even if they could...why would you? I mean, it doesn't hurt the dog; it's also called "Bark softening".
Basically they cut a few holes in the vocal cords, one in each I think?
So trying to repair would make things worse, I think.
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