I dock my tails and remove the dewclaws, but I am a surgical tech and I had a vet instruct me on how to do this. Yes you can dock a tail, but after 3 days it is considered an amputation, not a dock. Once in a while a Dobe with too much tail will have a joint or 2 removed when the ears are done. With dewclaws, you must remove the tendon and if you don't know what you're doing, you can take too much and cripple them or take too little and they have an unsightly bump on their legs.This is a "don't try this at home" procedure.
Docking is illegal here in the UK, not even under vet supervision, the only animals that are allowed to be docked are working dogs and the British KC has to have proof of that. We are now seeing lots of previously docked breeds in the show ring with beautiful long tail's, it takes a bit of getting used to but I actually think it looks better, Rotties tails are magnificent!. Anyone stupid enough to say that docking and croping of puppies tails & ears dosent hurt them should try cuting themselves and tell me it dosent hurt. If docking must be done I think local anaesthetic should be used and the pups given pain killers till the wound is healed.
If a 3 day old puppy can feel its but enough to poop or pee, how can it feel the tail being docked. Ears I have to agree, there are nerves there. Correctly docked tails I don't believe are painful at all, and will not support a docking ban.
I don't believe the OP is in the UK and docking/cropping is perfectly legal here in the USA. Whether docked/cropped looks better is a matter of personal preference and in the USA, dog owners and breeders have the right to choose. We also have more pressing issues like wretched breed bans (which I believe the UK has also), puppymills and dog fighting to address before we start meddling with the rights of responsible pet owners.
When my Bostons have a litter that has to have docked tails, it's time to retire those parents. Bostons are disqualified from showing if their tails have been docked or are too long.
I would not support a dock ban either. When my breed standards get to the point that I have some longer tails, I discount those puppies and sell them as pets under a spay/neuter contract and then reconfigure my bloodlines.
Oh what we won't do for our furbabies!
Friends will step in when the rest of the world steps out.
Well, for obvious reasons, I would not support the tail docking ban as well (take a look at my avatar). I own Aussies, and yes, as well as a Mini Aussie, and I believe certain breeds should have docked tails. The herding breeds have had them for many, many years, and it it considered standard for that breed. My Aussies do work. They work for me on my farm with my goats.
As the others have stated, docking tails at the 3 day mark does not hurt the puppy. At that age, there are no bones formed yet, and no nerves yet. That is the reason puppies do not feel anything.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!