If you feel like you can no longer control your dog’s barking, then devocalization (or debark) might be the answer to your problem. Before going into the procedure, it’s important to know some of the risks, as well as ethical concerns it poses for your pet.

Why does my pet need devocalization?

PETA, among other animal organizations and city councils, is bombarded with complaints from angry neighbors about the noise from uncontrollable canines. 

If your pet is one that causes unnecessary noise in the neighborhood, then having your pet undergo devocalization might be an option for you as a responsible pet parent.

Devocalization, put simply, is a surgical procedure where certain tissues from the sides of a dog’s vocal folds are removed. While a common misconception, this process does not completely remove the dog’s vocal box or their capacity to create sound. 
Instead, only the total volume, sharpness, and pitch of a dog’s voice is decreased. For many dogs, this allows them to fully embrace their true bark, but without creating the disturbance that it can cause.

How is debark done?

Devocalization is accomplished in dogs by removing the vocal cords via an oral technique performed under general anesthesia.

  • Oral – performed through the dog’s mouth

Benefits of devocalization

Below are the benefits you can expect to have for you and your pet after the procedure.

Removes the risk of your dog being taken away by the county.

  • Able to bark freely, releasing stress
  • Able to communicate without being scolded for being too noisy
  • Less intimidating to your guests
  • Diminishes need to train dog to bark less
  • Freedom from noise complaints 
  • Eases you of pain trying to silence your dog
  • Maintenance of peace and order in the neighborhood
  • Reduced noise and disturbances

Is debarking cruel to dogs?

At its core, debarking your dog is not cruel. Pets who have undergone the procedure are reported to communicate the same way, and are treated no differently from other humans and animals. There is never ever so rare a  behavioral side effect of debarking.

However, if the reason for the dog’s barking is because of an underlying need or problem, such as anxiety, boredom, loneliness, or hunger, then a debarking procedure won’t help solve the underlying problem.

Will debarking my pet hurt him?

After the procedure, your pet is going to go through some minor pain and discomfort in the vocal region..  All debarking patients are provided pain medication to help with the healing process.  

What happens to my pet after devocalization?

You can expect your dog to be back in good shape after the recovery period of two weeks.

While your dog’s sound may be greatly reduced, he/she will still be able to to howl, whimper, bark or create any sound, as he/she pleases.