How would not using the tail make the dog unconfident? The fact she almost died and probably had permanent medical problems or aches probably contributed considering she might have felt more vulnerable to being hurt. Or another reason entirely.I knew a SWF once whose tail was permanently paralysed after she nearly died from a paralysis tick and it greatly affected her confidence around other dogs.
What about breeds that naturally are bobtail? They're not unsocial freaks.
My friends kelpie x was speyed at under 4 months old. They were wondering why they were finding wet patches on her bed and the couch. I told them, go to the vet, it's spey incontinence. I was right, the dog is now on hormone tablets to control it and she will be pretty much permanently. The dog is going to turn 2 soon. I asked did the vet ever mention this chance with early desexing, my friend said no, the vet had told her the earlier the better.Incontinence is sited as a major reason for having dogs put down. Bitches that are spayed too early will not develop a mature pelvic floor musculature and are prone to incontinence. I regret sterilizing Hobbes, and I regret spaying Lulu and Lizzie. All three actions were unnecessary and did nothing to improve my dogs long term health outcomes.