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Old 06-30-2008, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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The shar-pei I adopted from a kill shelter is very sweet, and plays with the neighbor dogs, running in circles, etc....however when Kimora gets excited, she never barks I am wondering if the previous owners did something to her vocal cords?.....

she is safe and happy now but was abused by her original owners.
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Dogs can be de-barked, a barbaric procedure IMHO, but check with your vet.
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Old 06-30-2008, 01:34 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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The shar-pei I adopted from a kill shelter is very sweet, and plays with the neighbor dogs, running in circles, etc....however when Kimora gets excited, she never barks I am wondering if the previous owners did something to her vocal cords?.....

she is safe and happy now but was abused by her original owners.
It is possible that the original owners may have altered her vocal cords. In Socal, there are a few vets that do that b/c the owners want to get into an exclusive apartment, condo, or community. It's a shame those owners do that! What the states should enforce is that if this is done, then the owners must do the same on themselves! IMO!!!!

Check with your vet to see if it has been done. It should be a quick check, I hope. Good luck!!!!!
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:10 PM
 
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Sometimes adopted dogs don't bark for quite a while.

My greyhounds didn't bark for months after being adopted, and my Mothra-in-Law's greyhound didn't bark for three years!

When she did, it scared her so bad she hid under the bed.

My current pit bull has just started to bark, nearly a year after I adopted her.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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Our dog that was found as stray wandering in the country didn't bark for quite a while either. I think it was a matter of becoming comfortable with his new territory and once he did he would bark and claim it as his. Sadly, we've heard of the vocal cord removal procedure too. As previously stated, your vet can determine this for you.
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Mine too. She had a funny screechy-type sound at first, but after a few months she "found" her voice.

She now has a normal bark and uses it more and more . When overly excited though, she reverts to that screechy sound.

I think it's a good idea to ask your vet if she's been de-barked, but otherwise I'd just give her time to find her voice .
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Old 07-01-2008, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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I have heard debarked dogs bark they make a quiter huff type noise inplace of a loud bark Phoenix the deaf vision impaired aussie I adopted must have been debarked by her previous owner. When I met her at the humane society she would huff and when I asked if she was debarked the dog trainer out there told me , Oh no she is deaf so she never learned how to bark...as if the mother dog sits the puppies down and says ok pups this is how we bark....woooof can you all say woof? I have heard plenty of deaf dogs with normal barks. I had my vet check her as she also tended to gag alot when she ate and he said she had been debarked. She races around my dad's yard at times " huffing" at nothing yet she acts like there is something there so I joke and tell my dad that with her strange eyes ( light blue yes with starburst pupils) that she sees the spirit world and is barking at all the dogs and cats that keep showing up in his yard
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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We had a sweet as sugar Cocker Spaniel rescue that we adopted at age 11. Her foster family said she never barked (they had her for a year...hard to adopt-out dogs that age). We asked our vet if she was de-barked and he said absolutely not.

The only time she made a peep was when our other dog went to the rainbow bridge. She made kind of a very weak murmar sound (hard to explain). She did that for about a month. She never barked ever. She is gone now. I miss her.

Shanny
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:40 PM
 
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Dashdog is correct: a debarked dog will still "bark" but the sound will be much quieter depending on the level of debark. I have a dog that was debarked before I got her and it doesn't seem to bother her at all.

I have mixed feelings about debarking. I believe that the majority of dogs can be trained to minimize barking, but there are a select few just seem to enjoy the sound of their own voice, something which may be annoying to the neighbors even if the dog is kept indoors. I'd say that given the choice between giving up a dog and having a dog debarked, debarking should at least be considered. Again, it doesn't seem to bother my debarked dog in the least although I would never have chosen to get it done.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:41 PM
 
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Dashdog is correct: a debarked dog will still "bark" but the sound will be much quieter depending on the level of debark. I have a dog that was debarked before I got her and it doesn't seem to bother her at all.

I have mixed feelings about debarking. I believe that the majority of dogs can be trained to minimize barking, but there are a select few just seem to enjoy the sound of their own voice, something which may be annoying to the neighbors even if the dog is kept indoors. I'd say that given the choice between giving up a dog and having a dog debarked, debarking should at least be considered. Again, it doesn't seem to bother my debarked dog in the least although I would never have chosen to get it done.
I once had a shock collar for an dog (outside when I was at work) that barked a lot. It was the only solution at the time but I have since regretted it. Now, all my dogs are inside when I am gone (the better to protect the house and to protect them from the heat) so I have one less thing to worry about.
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