Although some breeders dock tails at home, the procedure should only be done by a veterinarian. Veterinarians know how to minimize pain and can handle any complications that may arise.
Although proponents of docking often claim that puppies do not feel pain, most veterinarians disagree. An experienced veterinarian can help with pain management and can stitch the wound so that scarring is minimal. Working with a veterinarian also helps prevent complications and makes it easier for the veterinarian to manage any complications that do arise. However, many veterinarians refuse to perform cosmetic tail docking because it is a painful and unnecessary surgery. In addition, there are concerns about how early surgeries may affect the dog's experience of pain later in life.