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31 Mar 2006

How Cruel Would it be?
I am at the end of my tether. Most days hubby and I are sleep deprived messes, I can burst into tears at the drop of a hat.

We have a three year old bull terrier who looks more terrier than bull. (Reputable breeders is another story I wont go into right now)

Anyway, we got her as a young puppy and immediately joined the Cape Dog Handlers Club so that she can be socialised and we can give her the propper training. To cut a long story short we eventually gave up as it was way too stressfull taking her there. She had bit one of the trainers (not agressively, just because his hand got in the way when she was going ballistic) and she used to go absolutely insane when seeing other dogs. It sounded like full attack mode but for some weird reason if she actually did get to the dog she wouldnt attack them, but terribly frightning non the less and I couldnt allow her to do that not knowing how the other dog would respond. (Usually not to kindly)

The trainers there said they dont see too many chinese racing pigs and now they know why.

At home she is triggered off by any barking dog within ear shot. She can be in a dead sleep and will fly out of bed making a high pitched insane, purely instinct driven bark, run outside then bark until the others have stopped. This happens day (I work from home, night when we sleep and first thing in the morning before we have woken up) She barks throughout the day, all triggered by other dogs and I dont even want to know what my neighbours must think. I have tried ignoring her, I have tried the tin with pebbles in and one trainer suggested grabbing her, lowering her to the ground and saying a firm NO. Nothing at all has helped, I feel like pulling my hair out.

What I wanted to know is how cruel would it be to have her voice box disconnected? I am SO desperate and feel like a nervous wreck. She is impacting on my life in such a huge way and I cant live like this anymore.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Desperate

Sorry to hear that. It is not cruel to have them debarked, especially when it has reached the stage of either euthanazing your pet or finding her another home. Finding her another home will be more difficult because then you will be giving someone else the exact same problem.

Debarking is a last resort and I do know of dogs that do just fine. They still think they are voicing their opinion, but no sound comes out.

Good luck
Animal behaviourist
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