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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-06-2013, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Considering Neutering

Achilles has always been an easy going, come what may GSD, but after turning 2, I started to see some behavioral changes. He start showing dominant behavior towards other males. It was the worst when Kaleb was brought home for a couple days. It seems like he constantly needed to show that he was the Alpha male. Passing other dogs on our outings has never been an issue, but now he tends to react, especially if they are reactive. He is not difficult to control, but I was wondering if having him neutered will lessen this behavior?
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IMO it probably will lessen the behavior. Dogs display dominance behaviors for many reasons, and a surge of testosterone is one of those reasons. I find that neutered males will still display dominance, but it doesn't have that serious, sometimes almost frantic edge to it. It's like the hormones sometimes cause a compulsion to dominate.

Neutering doesn't seem to have an effect on prey or defense drive, in my experience, but it does tend to lessen fight drive, so be aware of this if you are training in SchH.
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If you are not planning to use him at stud I would have done it at about the 2 year mark anyway. I am a firm believer in the need to spay and neuter so if I believe in it I have to also do it. My two girls are spayed because they are not breeding quality and would lessen the breed if they produced any offspring and if you feel the same way then getting your boys who-who's removed wont be too terrible of an experience. If he has never used them he wont even miss them and it will make him a bit more manageable. It wont solve the issue completely, but remove the hormone blast and some carefull training and he will make you proud.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-06-2013, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you. This is great info. He will never be SchH or breeding material, so I think we will move forward with it.
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