|10-18-2013 02:43 PM|
The marking is literally the only thing that has changed. He's the same dog in appearance and in his noggin. He even recently got distracted by a female nearby. Nose up and inhaling the air
I *think* my vet said it does take several months for the hormones to completely level off.
We were in recently for a prostate check and I am happy to report completely normal. This was his first real check.
|10-18-2013 02:23 PM|
Has he gained weight or lost muscle tone?
|10-18-2013 12:37 PM|
Forgot to answer your other question.
I will say the most drastic change in Rusty was 2 years to 3 years old. He REALLY filled out.
|10-18-2013 12:32 PM|
My boy was neutered about 5 months ago at 3 yrs old (prostate issues).
He was the marking king...on hikes especially and when he would go outside would mark like crazy and kick up dirt with his back legs all around our property. To be honest, I don't care. But when on leashed walks would not allow him to mark on mailboxes or people's yards, think it's rude. Like Shade mentioned, I do an abrupt "eh" to stop him.
I will say about 2-3 months after his neuter the marking went WAY down. He still does it but no where near as much...probably like 60 % less to give you a idea.
This is really the only thing I noticed that changed after his neuter. I am relieved however he had matured when the neuter was done. If not for the prostate issues I personally would have kept him intact.
|10-18-2013 11:43 AM|
Marking is pretty easily corrected, a "Ah!" and redirection shiould work. There's a difference between marking and just lifting the leg as they pee though, just so you know Delgado was neutered at 10 months and I can count on one hand the number of times he's marked and a few happened even after being neutered He still pees 99.9% of the time with his leg up, even just standing in the middle of the yard
Neuter when you're comfortable but just for marking once I wouldn't hurry to do it.
Each dog is slightly different, Delgado started gaining the heavier chest and ruff around 8 months and he's still growing out at almost 2.
|10-18-2013 11:30 AM|
Questions on marking and neutering
Our almost eight month old had his first and only marking incident today on our walk.
But the question is: I was hoping he would never mark. Because trainers and the vet right off the bat usually ask me if he has started to mark, and if he does, it would be time to get him neutered. We would really like to wait on neutering him till he is atleast 12-14 months old. He has been not unmanageble at all so far and very trainable.
Can we still wait on the neutering? Should I not let him mark? What should we watch out for? ANd what precautions do we take? Right now, I dont allow him to meet other dogs or have playdates as he has been getting very excited when he sees other dogs(very friendly but waaaaay too excited as he wants to play).
Also, when do the secondary sexual characteristics(the broad face, chest etc) start cominng in for GSDs?
Any advice much appreciated!