I've never known of a vet which uses anesthesia when docking tails. Is this a new thing and is it safe, since it seems that there would be a high risk using it on a newborn pup. Not to mention future neuro and development problems? I've had few dogs cropped recovery didn't seem to be painful. Dogs can't talk and say how they feel but they acted as any normal pup. I don't see that happening. People spay all the time but I don't see those people lining up for hysterectomies. They will have their dog cut open and parts removed but are not going to let a doc do that instead. People do under go body altering surgery that is completely cosmetic or to add "weird" things to their body. You do realize there are dogs with naturally pricked ears? (Floppy ears are actually a side effect of domestication) So how is this a problem to have cropped? Also dogs with crops can still hold their ears down back.