I asked this before
, but paired it with another question that got the majority of the answers and would like your opinions on our specific situation.
My trainer has recommended neutering Red, saying it may help with his anxiety. He is (approximately) almost 2 years old and we have been working with this trainer, who we adore, since the beginning of this year. Red is much better than he used to be, but still gets very worked up around other dogs - not in a reactive way, just whining and very nervous energy when too far over threshold (teeth chattering, wide eyes, stress panting, etc.). He starts whining when he sees another dog from a fairly good distance outside (probably around 60 feet away), but is a bit better in the facility... sometimes (can be as little as 10 feet away on a good day). We do work on LAT and he always gets rewarded for looking at a dog and not crying and especially if he just glances and looks at me - then we have a party!! I've had to stop letting him sniff/tinkle in heavily traveled areas at the training facility because he salivates excessively (and licks - eww!
) when he sniffs where other dogs have urinated and gets SO distracted.
I know this is the "right" age to do it if we're going to, but I just don't want to regret neutering him if it's "unnecessary". It's not like the neuter is something you can undo! I know neutering Red does not guarantee that his anxious energy will be reduced, but do y'all think it may help? (Regardless, if we decide to neuter him or not, I will continue to work with him on his anxiety and obedience with our wonderful trainer, so please don't think I'm considering it just to "fix" him and be done with it.
) I love my sweet boy and will work with him on this as long as he needs it (and beyond!).
I greatly appreciate any insights, advice, or opinions you may have. Thank you!