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Old 09-04-2005, 11:02 AM
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Can people tell me how this is performed on dogs, and what their opinions on it are?
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Old 09-04-2005, 11:31 AM
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I am not sure how it is preformed but i find it sick and meaningless and just for the beauty factor. It should only be preformed when the puppies are three days old though. I like tails on dogs.
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Old 09-04-2005, 11:43 AM
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Docking is the removing of something, such as a dogs tail. It is simply cut off when the dog is a pup. It started when the Romans believed that worms in the dogs tails would cause rabies. But after awhile, they saw that dogs looked better (yeah right!) without tails. And they came up with other rubbish to make ppl want to dock tails. I think it is very cruel and unnecessary. And I agree with L4P, they look better with a tail.
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Old 09-04-2005, 02:33 PM
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Docking is also used to prevent injury. Some dogs tails are so thin and fragile that they will literally split open if banged too hard against something while wagging. Also hunting dogs with plumey tails have a difficult time going through brush with a long tail behind them and plumes picking up everything and anything. Herding dogs and other livestock animals were frequently injure their tails by getting them caught in gates, stepped on by livestock, etc. So docking depending on the dog does have practical reasonings beyond looks.
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Old 09-04-2005, 02:33 PM
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I'm against it too, unless it's a dog that has a tendency to hurt his tail because it wags it too hard.
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Old 09-04-2005, 03:33 PM
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They are generally docked between the 2nd and 3 rd vertebrae in the tail.Vets here prefer to Dock at age 2 days while for ear cropping age is 8 to 10 weeks.
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Old 09-04-2005, 03:35 PM
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Certain breeds, such as the boxer, have very thin tails that break easily, and docking prevents them from injuring their tail.
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Old 09-04-2005, 05:14 PM
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Wow. Not much I have ever seen wrong with it. I think its irresponcible not to dock a dog meant to be. Not only have I seen boxers with broken painfull nasty tails but some poorly bred labs around here even have to get theirs removed. I guess if the dog is going to live in an apartment its another thing but its usually doors,even with the hunting dogs, that cause the injuries. And you can't say this pup isn't going to get docked because its going to a pet home because you never know whre it may end up and its just safer to get it done when it is safe and they recover so quickly.
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Old 09-04-2005, 06:09 PM
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Wow for me too! I never knew how fragile boxers tails were! So if I have a boxer, I should dock his tail? Learn a new thing everyday
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Old 09-04-2005, 06:27 PM
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It should be done when the dogs are only a few days old, this way it isn't very painful at all, but if done at an older age it is painful. I don't think I'd dock an older dog. If I ever do get a boxer, which I would absolutely love to, I would like it docked and not cropped.
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