Position Statement


Is debarking dogs humane?

American Humane does not have a policy regarding debarking dogs; however, American Humane strongly discourages pet guardians from having this procedure performed. Debarking surgery does not result in a silent dog. The dog will still attempt to bark and will typically make a hoarse, raspy sound that can be equally annoying. Debarking surgery will also not alleviate the reason for the dog’s barking.

There are humane methods for training dogs to bark only when appropriate, and American Humane encourages people to look for obedience trainers or animal behaviorists to discuss training methods to help inhibit barking.