There are many breeds of dogs that have traditionally tail docking is carried out, these are breeds such as spaniels, Dobermans, pinschers, most terriers and rottweilers. Not less, in many European countries, stopping the tail in dogs virtually prohibited, with the exception of just a few breeds. AT there are no such prohibitions in the CIS countries, and the choice to stop a dog’s tail or no, it is entirely up to the owner.
Is it worth it to worry?
Any dog uses many poses and reactions with his voice (barking, growl, screech, etc.) to communicate with other dogs, and also with man. The use of various poses represents most of the dog’s visible body language in which the tail and its position are also one of the signals. Most people who know dogs consider dogs with a wagging tail friendly and attached to the owners. This does not mean that the dog without a tail it will be difficult to understand or more prone to aggression. However, other members may be exposed to unreasonable aggression. families if the dog is part of a family group. The object this, for example, can be a small child, who, perhaps, it will be difficult to interpret and understand signals and body language dogs. For this reason, any contact between children and dogs must be supervised.
In fact, around the question of stopping the tail in dogs before disputes still go on. Most people insist on a ban stopping the tail due to its participation in the communication process (among other reasons there is also the importance of using the tail for balance), however, the question of how important is the tail when socialization and communication of the dog, still does not have unequivocal answer. The fact remains that in many Veterinary and scientific research has documented that the absence of a tail or part of it in an individual can lead to its some insufficiency and inferiority in its form.
Arguments on the other hand, those who are for stopping, argue that it reduces injuries in dogs, however, apparently it is based only on personal observations and individual cases, in including anecdotal. At the same time, opponents argue that extensive research at universities and veterinary clinics prove that stopping the tail in dogs really interferes a dog to communicate effectively with both other dogs and people, and can also cause pain during, and even after stopping.
In conclusion, we can say that if the form of communication is broken, this can lead to undesirable situations for the dog, as in the case with dogs and people. The danger of such situations is that the dog may attack if another dog or person is misinterpret visual signals given through tail, however, how strong these signals can be, still not yet known.