Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Neutering does help roaming to some degree in some dogs. Often the urge to roam is exacerbated (or even created) by hormones.
You absolutely need to either fix his escape issues (Twyla is dead-on with how, and if you can't shore up your fence enough, then he only goes out while supervised and controlled by you) or get him neutered ASAP, or preferably both. I do not have a problem with intact dogs BUT if you are going to do that, you need to take responsibility and ensure he isn't out there fathering litters. I am sorry to be harsh, but there is really no excuse for having an intact dog with a chronic escape problem.
The behavior you're seeing with him going after dogs near his things sounds like resource guarding. Going after dogs when he feels threatened may be fear-based, or it could just be how he is. If it is fear-based, he needs careful socialization. Resource guarding is also a complex issue. Your best bet with both is going to be getting a trainer involved who can evaluate him in person and develop a plan from there.
Neutering may help with those behaviors as well, or it may not. In my experience, it depends on the dog. However, if you plan to neuter him regardless, and you're just waiting until the rather arbitrary age of 2 years old (which is also my general rule of thumb when raising a young male horse or dog, but if their behavior becomes a problem, you bet I'll castrate earlier), you may as well just get it done 4 months early in case it does help with these behaviors.
The rowdy dogs:
Hector-2 y/o GSD (mix?) rescue
Scooter-12 y/o ACD/Border Collie mix
Bandit-8 y/o ACD
Wooby-14 y/o ACD
Abutiu "Abi"-ACD puppy and hopeful future SAR dog!