Tail Docking



Some dogs have had there tails cut short. This is known as docking. Why is it done? Basically for looks. Some claim it prevents active dogs from injuring their tails but this is a weak argument with little science to back it up.

Tail docking is usually done when the dog is just a few days old. It’s painful & is often done with out pain medication. Since it is unregulated in many places, it’s often carried out not by qualified vets but by breeders.

We feel docking is cruel, unnecessary & provides no benefit to the dog. Dogs communicate emotions like anger & excitement by wagging their tails, so docking may even interfere with a dog’s ability to interact with other dogs.

Tail docking is banned in many parts of the world, including Australia, the U.K., & parts of Europe. In the U.S. & most of Canada, these procedures are unregulated — meaning they are not banned or controlled. At the moment, Canada has no federal law banning pet cosmetic surgery. However, docking is illegal in P.E.I., Newfoundland & Labrador.

We hope to see an end to this practice. No dog should lose it’s tail to look “perfect”. It should be noted that both the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) & the AKC (American Kennel Club) are against the banning of this practice.  However, more & more Vets are refusing to perform this needless cosmetic surgery.

CEO Olivia


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