|08-25-2013 07:39 PM|
|08-25-2013 07:34 PM|
|GsdLoverr729||Honestly, I've seen neutered males that still try to go for females in heat (my mom's lab mix is notorious for trying to mate despite being neutered since he was 5 months old). I've also seen unaltered males (my friend's male shepherd was only neutered last yr, and was always around Koda during her heat cycles) who would look for a moment before moving on.|
|08-25-2013 07:30 PM|
The only universally guaranteed result of a neuter is the sudden absence of testicles. Everything else is relative.
|08-25-2013 06:07 PM|
In my opinion neutering helps to eliminate a dogs behaviour around a female in heat or heat related issues ie. Wandering to find such dogs.
It does not stop a dog from pulling on a leash. Its not magic procedure that cures poor behaviour.
|08-23-2013 11:09 PM|
|mebully21||if you dont want to neuter him then dont. but stop taking him to daycare and up his obedience work so that he learns to not be a jerk on leash when other dogs are around.. i posted somewhere maybe on another forum that some vets think neutering causes cancer in certain breeds but i cant find the link.. if you can be responsible and control him and have no incidents then leave it be|
|08-23-2013 07:51 PM|
I am in complete agreement with Draugr's post. I had my GSD, Hans, neutered at 22 months. So far, it has helped in taking "the edge" off of his behavior. He has the same affectionate, enthusiastic, curious, fun-loving personality. However, it is much easier to get him to focus during training. It did calm him down and he seems to be able to pay attention and listen better.
It is not the complete answer to making the dog a well behaved animal- you must do that with training and consistency, but it has helped my dog in the above mentioned ways. While I am very happy to have had Hans neutered, I do personally believe it is best to let them get their growing done first.
To the OP, his surgery went without a hitch and I opted for a laser treatment that is supposed to facilitate healing, a shot for pain, as well as pain meds to give at home. Even being almost 2 years old, you would hardly have known he'd had any kind of procedure done and he had no problems with the incision. I was also told no baths for a couple of weeks.
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|08-23-2013 06:19 PM|
as far as cancer, it can develop in many parts of the body, lets cut them all off as well as prevention. If my dog god forbid gets testicular cancer then I will neuter him but come on, neuter him so that he doesn't get cancer because the body part is not there??!! It seems like such weird thinking, why is everyone just going with it without giving it a second thought.
And I don't believe anything the vets say on the subject, they're biased because they make money on it and sadly, a lot of the time that's the driving motivator for their decisions. Either that or I just got very unlucky with my vets.
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|08-23-2013 05:26 PM|
I have done both over the years.....I will not neuter unless there is a health issue that requires such.
I believe responsible ownership alone prevents accidental breedings.
|08-23-2013 05:18 PM|
In terms of...goofiness, affection, desire to protect, etc, all those things that we typically attribute to personality, there were no changes.
|08-23-2013 11:03 AM|
Based on my experience with my dog, I so totally disagree with "less inclined to wander" and all that BS.
I have an intact 6 year old GSD in a backyard with 4ft. high fence. He could easily sail over it if chasing females in heat was a "given" as so many of you have suggested. It may be that *IF* he wasn't a virgin, *MAYBE ???* he'd be more inclined to seek females. I have no experience with that so I cannot comment on that point.
I will say that on walks, he definitely gives special nose attention to places peed on by females in heat but even that hasn't turned him into a wandering Romeo.
There are valid health reasons and social reasons for neutering however, promoting it as a means to modify a dog behavior or personality is misleading at best.
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