Today marked the third day for the Mini Aussie Puppies to be here and we took our trip to my veterinarian to be checked over, dew claws removed and tails to be docked. Aussies are born with tails of different lengths, from a natural bob to a full length tail. At three days old, the vet clips their tails and glues and puts a little stitch in the end. I’ve seen dogs with good tail docks and ones with not so good docks. My vet does an excellent job and is very particular to not get them so short that pottying is an issue but not so long they stand up like a Cocker Spaniel. She does it just right!
The breed standard calls for a docked tail and I wouldn’t have an Aussie any other way. That distinctive pantaloon look with back feathers makes the Aussie look like an Aussie. Love those wiggle butts 🙂
Contrary to what some people construe, tail docking is not particularly traumatic to the puppies at 3 days old. Their body systems are still very immature and any pain they have at this point is not the same as pain in just a few more days. My vet and I likened it to getting an ear pierced. It’s a quick little jab, but then it’s over with minimal soreness for a few hours. Actually, as soon as they were back with their Mommy and nursing, they seemed to have forgotten that anything had happened at all.