Kingsgurl wrote:Dogs use their ears quite a bit in communication and that IS a fact. Dogs with cropped ears still use their ears the same way, though they may require more attention to 'detail' to pick up on it. (battle crops where there is virtually no ear ARE hard to read) In actuallity, this CAN lead to problems for some cropped dogs in communication both with their own species and with those of our species who don't know them well. It's not like they CAN'T communicate with their ears at all, but like they have a speech impediment. Often other communication signals will become more pronounced.
+1 My trainer mentioned this. Dogs do read and communicate to other dog's body languages quite well if they have been socialized to it or not. I think this goes to how they communicate to others as well, but it takes some picking up on. I'm 100% positive a cropped dog can be just as expressive in their own way with their ears towards people, but it is different when there is another (strange) dog in the question.
I am against cropping, mainly because I hate that the animal has no say in the pain they endure from having a very nerve sensitive area of there body cut off and stitched up, dogs do not show pain the way we do and a recovery from something that was done for vanity of an animal just makes me sick. If vanity were a part of dogs I do not think the phrases "face like a dog" or "dog ugly" or "dog face" or "bitch" as a derogatory term would exist. And I'm sure it is traumatizing at the time. But I am also an animal activist and think unless there is ever a way to get there consent we have no right to cut off pieces of there body that are unnecessary IMO. I don't want to be flamed for that, so let me clarify, I think it is necessary to s/n your dog.