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heatherkess 04-09-2014 02:49 PM

Neutering on Monday - nervous!!
My GSD broke his leg just before 1yo and wound up having three surgeries, and a five month period of complete confinement - no playing, no running, no jumping, certainly no further socializing with other people and animals. This was a horrible tragedy. He had been so very thoroughly socialized prior to this. When he was able to get out and about it was winter, so things were limited. And now he is full grown at about 120#. (Please don't tell me no GSD should ever be this large, the size of his snout is even larger than sizing charts for muzzles. He is big and beautiful.) Now, he is somewhat aggressive. He is hard to handle because of his size. He doesn't care about our electric fence when the poor cross-country runner comes by our house - he will go right through the fence and chase the poor guy with his hackles up and all, one scary sight. UPS will no longer come to our door. Taking him out in public on his leash is a nightmare, as sometimes he will decide someone is a threat and he goes all ape **** on them. I can't imagine what would happen if we encountered a roaming dog his size...there would be blood. So, we have an appointment to have him neutered. This is only hoping it will help us work with his natural instincts to better train him to be our family pet and still maintain his guarding prowess; we hope he will be less aggressive when he really should not be. We take our dogs everywhere, and he can't be acting like that when we take him camping, to soccer tournaments, etc. He has never bitten anyone and we have multiple cats and chickens that he has never considered hurting. On occasion he has mouthed an arm while playing (which we don't allow) and even with no pressure applied at all you can tell he could snap your arm in a heartbeat!

ApselBear 04-09-2014 02:53 PM

A professional trainer would be an excellent idea.:)

For you and your big boy.

wyoung2153 04-09-2014 02:59 PM

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Yes I say Trainer... a good trainer.

That and a good muzzle until you figure this out. Also, just out of curiosity, do you let him outside alone? Is he crate trained? and how is he chasing UPS and runners... makes me think he is off lead.. which he should NEVER ever be at this moment.

heatherkess 04-09-2014 03:49 PM

Unfortunately we live in a remote area and trainers are few and far between. I took him when he was younger but she was 45 minute drive each way. And now, she is recovering from a broken leg herself.

I do have a muzzle and we are working with him to take treats from it now.

We live on a 30 acre farm and have 3 acres fenced with InvisibleFence. None of our dogs are ever tied up, except this one in particular, for short periods of time when we are not in earshot of him. (Taking a shower for example.) We do not leave them tied up alone either. The times he has chased a person, someone has been home/outside with him. If we leave, we usually lock him in the house or take him with us.

Sunflowers 04-09-2014 03:52 PM

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Neutering will not fix training issues.

nktigger99 04-09-2014 04:10 PM

Is he an outside dog?

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heatherkess 04-09-2014 06:01 PM

No he is not an outside dog. He sleeps beside my bed and follows me around wherever I go. We have a dog door and they go in and out as needed.

I was under the impression and have been told by doctors and veterinarians alike that neutering tends to reduce, or take the edge off aggressiveness.

wyoung2153 04-09-2014 06:23 PM

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While I am no expert.. I would assume that may be true if the dog hasn't fully matured yet, that is MAY help.. but really I have no idea. But these behaviors are already engraved into him and it doesn't sound promising that he will stop unless you start training and learn to manage it. The 45 minute drive to trainer would be worth it to me if I had a dog with issues like that. Not just for the dog but for you too.. it is creating a liability that doesn't need to be there. I have driven 1.5 hours to a good trainer when I had serious things to work on.

sehrgutcsg 04-09-2014 06:47 PM

Neutering the dog will not change his temperament and I agree with the others you have training issues and it may be due to the seclusion -- hope it works out.

nktigger99 04-09-2014 07:37 PM

He should only be outside on a lead.....a dog with aggression issues should not be outside unless well contained and he has proven the invisible fence does nothing. Either leash him or get a trust worthy fence. And neutering can increase issues in some cases.

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