|Barked: Fri Jul 31, '09 9:24am PST |
|They did NOT remove all the dogs teeth. They removed about 4mm of his canines and capped them. There is a difference and its only fair and right to discuss to the actual procedure that was performed which was not tooth removal.
Do I agree with it? Hard to say, haven't found enough research on the procedure to come to actual educated opinion and from what was said on another forum where this same dog was discussed a couple weeks ago, there is more research to be done (mostly on my part I think).
One of the posters on the other forum said they read/heard that disarmed dogs sometimes realize they can't inflict the type of damage they could before and "chill out". Not sure if that's true or not, I think its possible. Although based on watching dehorned cattle they still head butt other cows once their horns are gone. The sole purpose of dehorning a cow is to "disarm" them for the safety of their herd mates and human caretakers.
For now I have the same opinion of disarming as I do debarking and declawing cats. They are extreme procedures for the sole benefit of the humans. I wouldn't suggest them to anyone.
However in extreme cases where all other options have been given a valid go and the animal is at risk of losing its home or its life, then maybe the procedure is the better option.
In the case of Cotton perhaps the procedure will give the people more confidence where they were fearful before. Maybe that fear was what made their training attempts fail. Now with the confidence that Cotton can't do the damage he could before they can apply some b. mod. and improve the quality of life for all involved. Let's face it, in Cotton's situation re-homing was not an option.
Cotton can still bite, but chances are without the use of his canines for gripping he won't be able to do damage with his other flesh ripping teeth. If he were to escalate and start doing that, to me it would be more severe that grabbing you with his canines and causing a few punctures or even grabbing you with his canines and ripping flesh. At that point his owners should probably look at having him PTS.
|my posts | my page | msg me | my family's posts | gift me | become pals|| [notify]|