January 22nd, 2013
The puppies had their tails and dewclaws done Friday evening. We’re a fan of docked tails here though we were sad to see the cute white tips go in this litter.
We nip and snip ourselves to put as little stress on mom, the pups and me as possible. Also limits exposure to the nasties. I’m perfectly fine with doing tails myself, using the banding process as described in How to dock tails by Darice Ragan of RaganRat Terriers, but when it comes to dewclaws, I tried it once and cried with the puppy. So needless to say, I now enlist help. Luckily I’ve made a new doggie friend, Valerie Yarber from Paramount Aussies, down the road who has experience doing them herself so she came to the rescue.
Everyone is doing great. They are 1 week old today!