I had the job of docking the tails of a litter of puppies, and the only reason I did this was because I wanted to know how to do it myself, since I figure I need to know as much as I can about my dogs, and I knew a vet I was going to do this, and they charge money for this, and I wanted to know how to do it myself.
Well, lucky for me, I know a lady who breeds dogs and has a 1 hour show on Animal Planet, and has been breeding and breeding dogs for years, and lucky for me, I know her!
Now I don’t recommend this to the newbie or the person who can’t handle it. In some countries, it is illegal to dock a dog’s tail. In some countries, like the United States, they still do and recommend it, because the Cocker Spaniel’s tail gets so bushy that it picks up all sorts of stuff and turns into a big mess pretty quickly. This is the main reason tails are docked.
There are different ways to dock dogs’ tails. One way is with a band, which you put the tail on the puppies, and it will eventually cause the tail to fall off. Some vets will tell you different times for tail docking, if you ask 5 different vets you can get several different time frames. Usually 2-3 days is normal, but you should always check with your vet first and let them know what you’re doing.
When we did that, we also removed the extra claws that dogs have, which they don’t use, and you don’t want them snagging on anything, while playing or jumping.
Some of the items we needed to cut the tails would be sterilized scissors, a soldering iron or soldering iron, one with a small tip that glows red hot. Some rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs, and fresh clean towels.
She taught me that you put a tight rubber band on the puppies tail, and the reason you want to do it early in life is that they can’t feel it, at least that’s what people say, and when I did it, It was like anything else, they realize, but they don’t get scared by it.
After docking the tail in the right place, you can ask your vet or look it up online. I remember when I took my litter of puppies to the vet a long time ago, he didn’t seem to know much about tail docking, and he asked me where he should dock the tails, luckily I already knew, and he’s the vet.
After docking the tails you would take the heating iron and place it right where you just docked it, this sounds like the brutal part but it is necessary so the pup doesn’t bleed. Just for a second, harden the freshly cut cut, and the iron will burn it and make it bleed no more. You would use the isopropyl alcohol to sterilize everything and clean the pups’ tails.
I asked my friend who breeds dogs to teach me how to dock the tails myself, and she was very experienced and does all the dog shows, she loves showing off her dogs, and she had a TV show about it that I watched. The second time I made a litter of puppies, I asked my 18 year old son to help me make them. He helped me make them, then when he finished, he told me he didn’t want to do it anymore, he felt like he was going to pass out, he told me, and it’s not for everyone for sure.
Those were the only 2 litters of puppies I did myself, and I went back to having the vet do them, and even for that, check, I found a different vet who had a lot more experience, and charged about half of what the first vet was charging me. I wanted the experience of doing it myself, because I just needed to know.