Joey had his dew claws removed early on, but one grew back. I want to have it removed when he gets neutered. He'll be 13 months. I have hesitated to post this as I want the dew claw removed, but I think some of you may say that it just isn't worth it for Joey. I have gotten brave enough to dive in for comments!
I dont think it is a bad thing to want to have the dew claw removed. It sounds to me like you have your dog's best interests in mind. Accidents have happened to dogs w/ them. I for one had a neighbor who got his caught in the carpet and it was a painful experience for the poor dog. Preventing an accident IS a good thing.
Having to deal with a dog who has them, and hasn't had any surgeries (got her spayed at a yr old)… with horrible curling dew claws, you won't get any flack from me for removing them! Honest we are having her put under to clean her teeth and I really am thinking about asking the vet how horrible I would be to have them removed! She'll probably tell me not to, but they are a major pain.
I agree with having them removed! and I WISH I had done it. I, too, have heard of dogs getting injuries w/ the dews… they get caught. My own dog has caught his a couple of times, thankfully, nothing serious (yet).
So if the dog is under anyways - I say go for it!
and yes, I cut my dog's dew claws like the rest of his nails.