Ive had pups at 1 day docked and dewclaws removed. I'll never do it again.
I guess I don't have a problem with dewclaw removal even though it is very painful, but it serves an actual purpose, not just to make the dog look a certain way. Dewclaws are usually removed to prevent them from being ripped off when the dog gets older. Especially if it is a hunting dog running through brush. In non-hunting dogs it can be important if the breed or line is known for having dewclaws that protrude. Having a dewclaw ripped off is incredibly painful for an older dog, so I guess I look at having them removed at a very young age (1-3 days) as the lesser of two evils. But again I have no paitence with tail docking, ear cropping, or any of the other purely cosmetic procedures that we inflict upon animals.