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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-19-2008, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Big problem after bathing...

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I'm new here and am looking for help. I have two GSD, Taco (3), my oldest and Buddy(2), my youngest (both boys). After every wash Taco tries to mount Buddy. He doesn't do it any other time, only after they are washed. We keep them apart after they are washed, but as time goes on we have to keep them apart longer and longer. When Taco tries to mount Buddy, Buddy gets MAD and growls at him and Taco growls back and then they begin to fight viciously! (we think it an alpha male thing between the two)My husband and I have changed shampoos everytime we wash them,but it doesn't seem to work. Both have not been fixed, my husband didn't want to. I'm sooo frustrated I don't know what to do.....No one seems to know what is causing it or how to fix it. One theory is that washing them changes their smell (obviously), so that's why Taco does what he does. Has anyone had this problem?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-19-2008, 07:47 PM
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Why doesn't he want to fix them?

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It's a guy think I guess......he doesn't want to "take away their manhood".
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Originally Posted By: 317537It's a guy think I guess......he doesn't want to "take away their manhood".
you mean "doghood"
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oh, haha, that's hilarious! I never even thought of that! I guess my husband was thinking of himself! doghood! I'm sooo telling him that.
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tell yer dh that the boys wont miss their balls - the vet doesn't want HIS, just the dogs - he needs to get over it, otherwise you are going to have some serious problems with two unneutered male (dogs) in the house ... my BIL gave me the same sad excuse, i told him to grow up and be a man and get over it - that has to be THE most ignorant reason not to neuter a dog ..

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I completely agree! My only concern now is that it may be too late. I've heard, correct me if i'm wrong, that if you neuter your dog after a period of time it changes their personality.
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At this age, it will change nothing but the ability to procreate. It may take the edge off some behaviors, but it certainly doesn't hurt. "Losing the boys" is not a real reason to keep a dog intact. They won't care. Most of them don't even know that their butts are actually part of their bodies. Heck, my dog investigates his rear when he farts, wondering what in the world just happened! So no, they won't miss their ballsies. They don't gather around the big screen at game time, beer in paws, scratching themselves and grunting.

They probably WILL continue to mount after desexing- this behavior can be controlled by the humans in the household. Train them, teach them, discipline them, distract them, and in general control the situation! You're in charge, you pay the bills, you dole out the food, you decide their access rights, you can step in and separate the mounting (which is likely a dominance behavior). Pooches benefit from rules, guidelines, and discipline, just like kids! You ESPECIALLY want to do this if it escalates to a fight. Best thing to do would be to neuter them both to remove excessive testosterone from the equation, then get crates for each dog. Bathe one, crate that dog, then bathe the other, then crate him as well. Take them out on their own leashes once both are finished and involve them in a controlled exercise like a disciplined walk or group training.

How is your daily routine with them otherwise? This bathtime rumble is likely a symptom of a bigger problem.

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