New member here, seeking some advice on something which I understand is controversial.
I have a beautiful, anxious 3 year old pointer x greyhound. She is a chronic barker and I am writing this in tears after receiving our third noise complaint - one at each property we’ve lived in with her. Each move has been aimed at finding a quieter, ‘trigger free’ environment for her however nothing is helping. She barks at any noise, a car door closing, an unfamiliar voice, cats, motorbikes, birds..
What I am wondering is if debarking a dog affects their mood or quality of life. Please see below for things we’ve already tried. Currently we put an electric bark collar on her (last resort as advised by council) but she yelps and it breaks my heart. She also still barks with it on, albeit maybe 30 seconds between barks.
She is of average energy level and is exercised for a minimum of one hour a day. We have another dog too and the longest they’re on their own is about 6 hours. We always leave the TV on, back patio door open and antlers to chew on. It doesn’t matter whether I’m out or home, the barking happens. Even during the night.
What I have already tried, in order:
- additional exercise
- sending them to daycare (she passes out from tiredness after, but still wakes up to bark if she hears something)
- citronella collar
- two way dog-cam where I can talk to her
- dog trainer
- anxiety medication
- electric collar
I’m worried that the collar making her anxiety worse and it’s not even 100% effective. That’s why I’m wondering if debarking is somehow a better option.
I love her so much but I even considered if her going to live with family friends on acreage would be kinder for her than debarking. But when we took her out there she barked even more at animals etc.
Any feedback would help us.