|07-14-2014 09:52 PM|
Btw Alfie is almost 7 and neutered since he was about 3 and Dagon is 2. Alfie's personality and dominance/new dog aggression changed very little if at all after he got neutered. Im still hoping for a slight improvment between them. If anything, I do plan on taking Dagon out to the beaches and parks, so neutering seems like a good idea either way.
Ill have to post a pic of them together. A dominant little 14 pound westie and a 75 pound GSD. They make quite a pair. Also my little 12 pound shih poo who has been a princess and an innocent bystander in this whole process. She just wags her tail and gives Dagon kisses and walks off. He just leaves her alone
|07-14-2014 09:48 PM|
|endlessaley||Well the dogs have been together in the same house for about a week now. All is well and all are still alive and in one piece. They are only together while supervised. Dagon the GSD has even been trying to play with Alfie. He does a little bow thing and runs off, Alfie chasing him and barking. Dagon is definitely playing, Alfie is half enjoying it... I think. So, I think they are doing well so far. Tomorrow Dagon is getting neutered, and I hope this will improve their relationship even more. They nap close to each other which makes me think they are getting quite comfortable. The problem is when I get home and the dogs get excited, you can see the tension there and there is some growling and barking from Alfie. I try to ignore both of them to discourage their behavior until they calm down. Anyway, I'm stressing about the neutering tomorrow, hoping all will turn out well. Wish us luck!|
|06-22-2014 08:31 AM|
|Courtney||Only one dog household here. But in public - my experience when Rusty was intact is that neutered males did not care for him. In training class the only dogs that would lunge & want to remove him for the planet were neutered males. There was never any contact, owners got control. Once at the vets office a Golden tried to go after him. The owner said he only does it with intact males. She was very apologetic, again no contact was made. But that dog in particular really peeved Rusty off.|
|06-21-2014 11:36 PM|
|my boy diesel||
posturing is a good term for it
agreed about bitches too!
|06-21-2014 10:56 PM|
A truly dominant dog isnt' going to start a fight for his position, he will finish it but he won't start. Which sounds like what's going on here. Your westie is also upset because it's his house and who is this dude. Altering them will slow down the posturing a bit.
LOL yeah the bitches are bitches. I like mine one at a time!
|06-21-2014 10:31 PM|
I have two intact males and two spayed females. We went through a few heat cycles before the one was spayed though, and our upstairs neighbor had an intact breeding bitch for 2 years so there was a lot of hormones going on for a while. I have zero issues. I will never leave my boys unattended with each other as each does want to be the dominant one but under supervision they know the rules and are fine with each other.
When I was a child we had westies and gsds. We babysat an intact male gsd for a while and our intact westie was horrible. The GSD put up with him for a few days then had enough and ripped open his head, the westie was alright but needed an emergency vet visit and stitches/drain in his head. Brought him home from the vet and he was right back at the gsd. They are tenacious and don't know that they are little so I strongly recommend not leaving them unsupervised and to be right on top of any bad behaviour before it escalates.
|06-21-2014 03:27 PM|
|my boy diesel||
dagon sounds as if he is challenging the westie
be careful with this because he may want to take top spot in the house
and yes i honestly believe neutering will help with this to an extent
dagon may gradually feel less inclined to challenge the westies position
how old are each of the dogs?
|06-21-2014 03:24 PM|
I think it all depends on the dogs involved. I think you're making the best decision by neutering.
I have a five year old neutered male GSD. He is very submissive and dog "neutral." He has never had issues with other dogs. When he was three, I got another male GSD. He was eight weeks old. I separated the two for about six months, allowing only visual contact. I then let them interact. Now, the "puppy" is almost two years old. Intact male. The two have not had any problems. I can leave them alone without supervision.
Like I said, it all depends on the dogs involved; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
|06-21-2014 03:00 PM|
thank you all
Thanks for the experiences and responses. I wouldnt necessary call the GSD aggressive. He has never shown any aggression towards people or animals. But he has gives my westie this fearless stare when Alfie is being a brat. My westie is the one that is aggressive and once Dagon sees Alfie growling and barking, he responds with his own barking. Also once Alfie settles down and goes and does his own thing, Dagon will just go up to him and follow him around staring at him... it makes Alfie uncomfortable and I can just feel the tension between them, and I can see alfie about to snap.. thats when I break them up and distract them with something else. There has not been an official fight yet but I thnk its because we havent allowed it to happen. They are not living together yet. These were only 2 times that we have allowed them to interact for several hours. I get very nervous and Im sure thats not helping the situation.
Also, thank you for the condolensces. It has been a difficult time for my family. Dagon was my dads beloved dog, and Dagon misses him terribly. He goes around looking for him constantly. There is no way this dog is going anywhere so we are determined to make it work somehow.
|06-21-2014 12:23 PM|
Also, unless you neuter around 6 months it won't do much for aggression. From what I read.
Also, we had a dominant and slightly aggressive dog at the park that was neutered at 2 for aggression and the owner said there was no change. I don't know how he was before but what I saw didn't look good.
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