This surgical procedure, which is called debarking, devocalization or ventriculocordectomy, involves removing a dog’s vocal cords with an incision made either through the mouth or the neck. It doesn’t stop a dog from barking — obliterating their ear drums would probably be more effective. Debarking just makes the barks harder for your neighbors to hear. I recently fostered a dog who had been debarked. She sounded like a veteran smoker who’d swallowed a tincan of coins. It was painful to listen to and far more annoying than run-of-the-mill barking.