Oh, I know this will never get read, but I have to comment since you’re posting on dogs so much these days. Here goes: we force dogs to live unnaturally, no matter how much we love them. We argue over whether they have feelings, or souls, as if we know the answer! The honest and accurate answer is we DON’T KNOW. We don’t even know what a soul is, or whether whatever it is exists. It is the ultimate in human arrogance to speak as if we know. It’s fine to debate, but the bottom line on both sides is ignorance.
As for the vocal chords, dogs bark for many reasons that have to do with being a dog living under human rule, and we don’t understand most of them. It is bizarre to cut their vocal chords. Bizarre, bizarre, and arrogant. It’s as bizarre as croppign their tails to conform to some ‘breed’ specification. UGH. Dogs that bark incessantly (and that is annoying and unnatural) are usually frustrated animals– often smaller dogs that are picked up and coddled like human babies, but also large dogs that are cooped up and alone too long. I had a neighbor in the city who crated her australian shepherd every day while she was at work. One of the most active, intelligent breeds! And then she would leave it alone outside till the wee hours of the morning, where it barked and barked…against a brick wall outside my bedroom window. Unfortunately, this girl was cute and charming, so everyone thought I was so mean for complaining about the dog barking (which was waking my newborn). As much as I hated that dog’s barking, I didn’t hate the dog, and I wouldn’t have wanted her to cut its vocal chords. I wanted the girl to give the dog to someone who could provide the freedom and companionship it needed. It still makes my skin crawl to think of an Australian shepherd being crated all day.
Most of the dog behavior people find annoying is behavior that’s caused by humans raising them in settings that aren’t natural for a dog. It’s all the ignorance humans project onto them–with such certainty too- that causes the problems.
Posted by: Francois | Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 02:26 PM