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05-22-2014 07:36 PM
shepherdmom Thank you! It is done, he is doing well. Still doped to the gills. First time I've seen him act like a dog. Sitting up in car moving around and hopped into front seat. Medicine must have taken away some of his fear. He sure is whining tho.

Got an email from one of his littermates mama's I guess she is having some fear issues as well. *sigh*
05-22-2014 01:35 PM
Diesel7602
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He is handsome!! My boy is getting neutered next month at 5 months. You will get a lot of post saying he is to young. But it's really up to us owners. Keep us posted on how it goes. Good luck.

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Oh and if it's a mix, my guess would be German/husky... Just a guess.

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05-22-2014 01:29 PM
Shade He's adorable, I hope he recovers quickly and I'm sure he'll enjoy being spoiled rotten once he gets home
05-22-2014 01:29 PM
Diesel7602
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Dude is now about 6 months and is 46.7 #'s . I made the appointment yesterday and he will be neutered next week.

As he is getting older he is looking more like a mix. Mom is GSD dad is ?? Any guesses?

He is handsome!! My boy is getting neutered next month at 5 months. You will get a lot of post saying he is to young. But it's really up to us owners. Keep us posted on how it goes. Good luck.

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05-22-2014 11:54 AM
shepherdmom Neuter day. I love my vet. She knows what a big scardy cat my little Dude is and asked me to stay while she sedated him.


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05-22-2014 12:09 AM
shepherdmom
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You can't honestly believe neutering will fix your dog's issues?

No amount of surgeries can make a fearful dog brave.

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4 people with years more experience than I have, people who have seen dude and how the dude acts have all told me to do this. I'm not fighting this battle any longer. If it works yeah! If not I'll keep trying until hubbies patience runs out.
05-21-2014 11:49 PM
simba405 You can't honestly believe neutering will fix your dog's issues?

No amount of surgeries can make a fearful dog brave.

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05-21-2014 11:36 PM
shepherdmom
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Looking good, Shepherdmom.

I also think it's an odd conclusion (neutering). I know you are in a pretty rural area, with limited options for trainers and vets. However, and this is just my personal opinion based on working with vets for years (mostly equine, but a significant amount of small animal) I am NOT trying to attack, just offering a thought...vets aren't really the people to talk to when it comes to behavioral issues. It's kind of like talking to a ER doctor about depression or anxiety/psychological issues. I'd go to the ER if I cut my arm off...I'd go to a psychologist for stress/depression/anxiety etc.

Unless it's the rare vet that is actually working dogs, (equine vets tend to know about horse behaviors usually because they have owned horses their whole lives too). Anyway, just a thought. I've never heard of neutering for fear issues, aggression/dominance stuff? Sure. Usually what's really required is maturity and obedience. Not directed at you, but a lot *think it's going to be a magic fix, and it rarely is.
It's not just the vet Dani. I'm getting it from all sides. At this point even hubby is insisting. I can't stand against everyone.
05-21-2014 11:30 PM
shepherdmom
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I agree, but I think shepherdmom is set in her ways/thinking on this subject. If the dog has sketchy temperament now and thinking a neuter will help it, then she'll have to deal with the training and management regardless.
Well Onyx'girl you are entitled to your opinion. Since I got him 3 months ago I've been trying my hardest to get him socialized. For 3 months hubby and I have tried everything we can think of. I have been working with a former breeder who is now the trainer at Safe Haven. I've also taken him to socialization with a different trainer and tried a third down in Carson. He is still barking/growling and running from my husband and both my daughters. Even at my daughters place (so not on own territory) I don't know what else to do anymore. We are going to try neutering and a thundershirt. Please pray that it works. cause otherwise I'm out of options.
05-21-2014 09:04 PM
DaniFani Looking good, Shepherdmom.

I also think it's an odd conclusion (neutering). I know you are in a pretty rural area, with limited options for trainers and vets. However, and this is just my personal opinion based on working with vets for years (mostly equine, but a significant amount of small animal) I am NOT trying to attack, just offering a thought...vets aren't really the people to talk to when it comes to behavioral issues. It's kind of like talking to a ER doctor about depression or anxiety/psychological issues. I'd go to the ER if I cut my arm off...I'd go to a psychologist for stress/depression/anxiety etc.

Unless it's the rare vet that is actually working dogs, (equine vets tend to know about horse behaviors usually because they have owned horses their whole lives too). Anyway, just a thought. I've never heard of neutering for fear issues, aggression/dominance stuff? Sure. Usually what's really required is maturity and obedience. Not directed at you, but a lot *think it's going to be a magic fix, and it rarely is.

Fwiw, I am in FULL support of neutering, and I don't think you'll have a TON of issues just because you neuter young. Just pointing out that a vet and a trainer that isn't a behaviorist, wouldn't be who I'd take behavioral advice from for a dog that is having issues.
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