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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-14-2014, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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to fix or not to fix.

Ok guys new to the forum. I have only been training dogs for a short time now. I had a Aussi RIP. then rescued what we believe is a Thai Ridgeback who is a year and a half, and she is awesome. She is a natural protector and listens very well. Now we have a 11 week old German Shepherd who is a boy. We are going to have him trained for personal protection. As stupid as this question sounds........ If we want to have him trained for PP can we have him fixed?
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Short answer is yes. A dog that has what it takes to be a good PPD will still have it sans testicles.

That said, I personally find males have more oomph if they are not neutered. The testosterone is important.

More important than testicles though is finding an appropriate dog from a solid breeder that produces the type if dogs you want. PPD is not to be taken lightly and I would hazard a guess to say 99% of dogs do not have what it takes. They are a much bigger liability than people realize, just for the fact that in a courts eyes you have now trained a dog to do this, and because of that your level of responsibility is increased.

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Thanks for the response. We understand the liability and level of responsibility that comes with having a PPD and after we take him to a more experienced trainer we will consult with them to see if our pup has what it takes. We do not plan on breeding our dog so I just wanted to know if fixing him would take away from his prey drive or his energy
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Wait to neuter the dog. Neutering at a young age causes problems with growth, drive and temperament. Personally, I do not neuter my male dogs. If you have to neuter the dog for some reason wait until the dog matures, and don't listen to vets recommending neutering at 6 months or younger.

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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 10:00 PM
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I personally wouldn't take testosterone away from any male. I definitely wouldn't take testosterone away from a growing male.

Could you imagine taking testosterone away from a 10 year old growing boy?
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-16-2014, 03:38 AM
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The word "fix" being used in reference to a dog having reproductive organs removed is strange, as if there is something wrong that needs fixing.

Wait at least until your dog is done growing before neutering. Neutering can have a significant pacifying effect on some males, a mild loss of that pep in their step, or nothing at all. It depends on the age it was done and the dogs own natural temperament. The innate strength of their will and drives.
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sure it's possible the dog might not end up as masculine, may not live as long if it gets fixed. everybody's situation is different and if your situation warrants it go for it and don't listen to all the anti neuter nazis.

my dogs have to be fixed as they spend most days in group settings of up to 50 other dogs. there can't be males fighting over the females and unwanted pregnancies. even if your dog is locked up alone it's whole life there's a possible of it pulling a houdini.

imagine the reduction in dogs put down in the last year if everyone had their dogs altered at 6 months. it would be mind boggling. i'm not a crazy pro neuter nut. i just don't understand the whole anti neuter mindset around here from some people that don't even know the entire situation of the person asking.
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A lady I worked with neutured her pup at a real young age, under 6 months-
I dont know if it just him or the fact he was done so young but my gawd he is obese he should be 50 lbs and at the vets he was 115. He has lots of problems too, really loud and crys alot.

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There is no right and wrong... everyone has their own opinion BUT should you decided to neuter.. wait until at least 1 year old.

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-10-2015, 07:53 AM
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Hello New to the Forum, my first post, but have had GSD's for over 40 yrs. My GSD, Bo Jangles is beautiful and Big at 7 mo Old and not fat, full of life and very smart I had him neutered at 4 1/2 mo. old on the recommendation from our Vet and Very Glad I did. He is FULL of life and already showing his protection qualities but not aggressive just pays attention to strange noise and people, but will be very loving when he is told its OK. In short it has done nothing to alter his growth or mannerisms (?) The ONLY thing I can see is that he Sheds like there's no tomorrow

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