Shelties ARE barkers. No two ways about it.
And for the most part, barking can be controlled in most
shelties. We always suggest training first. Training is by
far the best course of action. But what if training fails?
What if your sheltie just barks all the time....despite all your attempts
to stop it.
For some Shelties, chronic barking is a serious problem….. And until you work in
rescue and see how some Shelties are quieted, you won't believe it.
Scroll down for lots of eye opening information.
Sadly, we have many more horror stories just like these.
There are many people who will just not tolerate listening to a chronic
barker for any length of time. These dogs are the ones we often find
If all traditional methods have failed, and you are still at your wits
end......there is one more option to permanently stop the noise produced
from barking. Its called "Debark", or "Bark-softening" surgery.
If we get a dog into rescue
who we feel is an abuse risk because of excessive barking, we will have the
dog surgically debarked. Debark surgery is the kindest, most
humane thing we can do for a chronic barker. Debark Surgery is: Painless - Permanent - and
the best long term solution for chronic barking. This is a same-day
procedure that simply takes most of the noise out of the dogs bark. The
dog will walk out of the vets office the same day of the surgery.
This surgery does not change a dogs behavior. This surgery
simply removes most of the noise produced by barking.
If your dog likes to run the fence and bark....well, he will still run the
fence and bark, except after the surgery, you will not hear him barking
unless you are close to him.
With a Debark surgery your dog will still go through all the motions and
enjoyment of barking……except much less noise will be produced. No more shock collars. No more muzzles. No more yelling at
the dog. No more angry neighbors. And….most important, it eliminates the
worry of possible abuse. It is the best all around solution to problem
Only certain Veterinarians are capable of doing this surgery properly.
If you need a vet referral, please contact us.