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Old 09-30-2010, 10:08 AM   #1
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They started up the Obedience class last night. Very interesting variety of dogs. A French Bulldog, Sheltie (first one I have seen that is debarked and does not make ANY noise)Labrador, Papillon, Labrador, brindle pup probably Staffy cross, cocker cross. Not a big class for the Obedience.

We set up the weave poles, tire jump, tunnel, afterwards and practiced some Agility. I was so pleased with Kiska as she was bouncing around with her tail wagging. The Agility has really helped her confidence. She even let a "man" pat her, didn't like it but did not back away like she used to. First Agility I have practiced since our three trial weekends in a row. Will be heading out for a trial tomorrow, last one of the year.

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Does a debarked dog not make any noise at all? We went by a house where the dog sounded like it had severe laryngitis. Do you think it was debarked?
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Any of the other dogs (mostly Shelties) that I have heard that were debarked made a hoarse noise like you heard. This is the first one I have seen that made absolutely no noise. You could tell he was barking but there was no sound at all.

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I've never seen a debarked dog. What does this involve? I'm not sure if I would ever want to have a dog of mine debarked.

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That seems kind of odd that they would setup an agility course for obedience. Is this an advanced group?
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It's frustrating to me as a sheltie owner to see debarked shelties. Yes, they bark. They were BRED to herd sheep with their voices. Yes, you CAN train them to be quiet. I've heard so many sheltie owners (especially conformation folks) who say, "Oh if you get more than two shelties together, you can't control the noise. It's truly impossible."

Oh yes you can. It's called GOOD TRAINING. Mine stay silent in hotels for weekends on end. And if you don't want some barking, don't get a sheltie!!!

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Rant over...glad you had fun!! Skunk, they set up the agility stuff after obedience class.
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I think it's inhumane or indogmane! to debark a dog. Would you devoice a human?
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I think it's inhumane or indogmane! to debark a dog. Would you devoice a human?
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After reading up on it, I feel the same way.

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I quite agree, I do not like to see them devoiced and have only seen Shelties that it was done on, don't know if they do it to other breeds but probably they do. The Vets in our area will not do it, nor will they do tails, ears or dew claws.

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I've seen huskies, shelties, collies, even a cocker with the debarking done. I don't like that procedure at all. Been working with Parker on toning the barking down. It's MUCH better than it was. Sure, it took effort, but that's ownership for yah!

Yup, a lot of obedience classes put out agility equipment. We do it where I work, it's mainly to build confidence and introduce new things to the dogs. They seem to love it!
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