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Dog tails are docked at days 2-3 after birth before the nerves are fully knit to the brain to minimize any possibility of pain or discomfort.
If they are docked after the age of 5 days then it requires anesthesia and needs to be done by a veterinarian.
Typically the tail is docked to leave 3-4 vertebra rather than a inch designation.
With a 7 week old pup it would be likely best to wait to 12 weeks or when ears are done to consider tail docking during the same anesthesia use.
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Those people forgot to tell you that the procedure of banding is done at a couple days old not seven weeks.
No you cannot dock at home at this age.
The time for banding as a docking method is at 1-3 days of age. Tyipcally to do it correctly even then you need a mentor well trained in doing it correctly so you do not end up with a gangrene infection that kills the puppy.
Surgical docking in pups is normally done at 2-3 days of age though some vets insist on 5 days which in my experience puts the pups in pain.
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