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    To neuter or not to neuter?

    My husband and I are torn on if we should neuter our dog or not. At first I was fine with not doing it because he's never outside alone or anywhere that he could get to a female in heat. Also he has had no dog aggresstion what so ever. Well today we took him to the dog park because there were only three other dogs there and we wanted to let him play. One dog was a small male mastiff that was very shy. Pretty much as soon as we walked in we noticed that our dog's fur was standing up, his nose was running, and his mouth was foamy. Then he started growling and chasing the mastiff off. He wasn't trying to hurt him (if he wanted to he could have). He was just running into him and running him off. As soon as that happend we grabbed him, apologized to the owner, and left the park. My dog has never done anything like that and it really bothers me that he did it. So now I think we need to just call the vet tomorrow and get him neutered. But my husband still doesn't think we should because it isnt 100% that it will hlep. So I thought I would ask people that know a little more about it than I do.

    So is there enough of a chance that neutering with stop him from becoming male aggressive to do it?

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    Re: To neuter or not to neuter?

    How old is your dog? From your description it sounds like that was fear, not true aggression. Has he been around other dogs before?

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    At first I was fine with not doing it because he's never outside alone or anywhere that he could get to a female in heat.
    IMO no one can watch their dog every second, 24/7, year round.

    Unless you're a professional breeder, IMO there is no reason NOT to nueter your dog.

    For your question, I honestly don't know, but that's not to say you still shouldn't neuter your male dog.

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    IMO no one can watch their dog every second, 24/7, year round.

    Unless you're a professional breeder, IMO there is no reason NOT to nueter your dog.

    For your question, I honestly don't know, but that's not to say you still shouldn't neuter your male dog.
    I'm in agreement for this. There are many more reasons to neuter a dog than just to address possible aggression issues.

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    I think if you plan to take him to a dog park to play with other dogs, then you should neuter.


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    I would neuter. When they really want a female they will go on the hunt regardless if the female is in heat or not they will find a female. We just had a joyous boy here trying with my female and she's spayed. Your husband is probably taking it personally

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    Quote Originally Posted by TStafford View Post
    My husband and I are torn on if we should neuter our dog or not. At first I was fine with not doing it because he's never outside alone or anywhere that he could get to a female in heat. Also he has had no dog aggresstion what so ever. Well today we took him to the dog park because there were only three other dogs there and we wanted to let him play. One dog was a small male mastiff that was very shy. Pretty much as soon as we walked in we noticed that our dog's fur was standing up, his nose was running, and his mouth was foamy. Then he started growling and chasing the mastiff off. He wasn't trying to hurt him (if he wanted to he could have). He was just running into him and running him off. As soon as that happend we grabbed him, apologized to the owner, and left the park. My dog has never done anything like that and it really bothers me that he did it. So now I think we need to just call the vet tomorrow and get him neutered. But my husband still doesn't think we should because it isnt 100% that it will hlep. So I thought I would ask people that know a little more about it than I do.

    So is there enough of a chance that neutering with stop him from becoming male aggressive to do it?
    Most aggression is not sexual aggression. (fighting for the right to mate) IF there is no female in heat present. Then it was not sexual aggression.
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    I would do it. Research any possible breed specific health risks, if applicable.

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    If he's over a year old, I would neuter him. Since you'll be going to dog parks, it's just the reasonable thing to do. It may or may not help with the aggression issues (which may not even be a real issue....maybe he just didn't like THAT dog---they can be a bit like humans in that respect), but it will preven a lot of trouble in the dog park later on. I wouldn't neuter before he's a year old, though. Maybe 18 months if he's large.
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    He's 10 months. I was wanting to wait until he is 2 years old to neuter him if we are going to do it. I heard a lot about male dogs having problems from neutering....and yes I can watch my dog 24/7. The only time he is alone he is inside. Today in doggy class a dog came acting crazy. It was another male, the dog was bark and tucking its tail. He was fine with dog in class, but on water break when one of us walked close to the dog he growled and jumped at it. Our trainer said it was because he felt the dog was a threat to us. And he is just fine with the other dogs in class. He will lay dog to play with them.

    He has been around other dogs all his life and he has been great. Up until now all he has wanted to do is play with the other dogs. But we will not be going to the dog park anymore. He will have play dates with dogs i've already met and know if he likes or not. It better to be safe than sorry.

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    Re: To neuter or not to neuter?

    He may start to take this assertion even with dogs he already knows as he is entering into the age of sexual maturity and clicking into a different mental gear. it is not uncommon to see a once socially stotic dog start acting a little more assertive or aloof when they enter into sexual maturity. it is also at this age where a dog who is genetically predispositioned to be more dog aggressive will start to show those traits.

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    As an Old Fogey (sometimes an old FOGGY.. but I digress) I can tell you back in the days of youth almost NO ONE neutered a male dog. No one. The males were often priced a little higher because people bought them knowing they would not come in heat and did not have to spend money "fixing" them. Yup. That was the way it was.

    When I was a kid my parents got male dogs for just that reason.
    Spaying was expensive and they did not want to deal with a dog in heat and the possibility of puppies.

    As kids, many of us had dogs,. most were males (for the reason stated above) and most were intact and the dogs fights were rare. We all went out riding bikes and builduing forts and having fun..and along came our dogs. The pack of dogs was only slightloy smaller than the pack of kids.

    Trouble arrived if a strange dog came in the neighborhood and if that dog was in heat. It also came if a strange male dog showed up...

    The former would produce issues with any grioup of intact dogs and the latter could prove problematic with any established group of dogs.

    Do I approve of neutering male dogs? Yes. Do I think it is as necessary as spaying female dogs? No. Would I neuter a non show non breeding male dog of my own? Probably.

    Behavioral issues are rarely the result of male dogs being intact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotajo View Post
    I would neuter. When they really want a female they will go on the hunt regardless if the female is in heat or not they will find a female. We just had a joyous boy here trying with my female and she's spayed. Your husband is probably taking it personally
    All the males at the dog park try to get it on with my girl too and she is also spayed. I feel like a lot of the times, the male dogs can't really tell, or they might not care or something.

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    Re: To neuter or not to neuter?

    Neuter. The fact that you have to ask makes the answer obvious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elana55 View Post
    Behavioral issues are rarely the result of male dogs being intact.
    I have to disagree to a point here... many behavioral issues can be testosterone driven.

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    Re: To neuter or not to neuter?

    -What breed is he? some breeds can have a higher risk of male/male aggression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog_Shrink View Post
    I have to disagree to a point here... many behavioral issues can be testosterone driven.
    Well this is true with Stallions, Bulls, tom cats and men...

    Never had nearly as many problems with dogs.

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    Re: To neuter or not to neuter?

    Neutering won't change his personality, it only takes away the urge to wander. Is your dog as Staffy? I heard from a speaker, behaviourist, at a conference I went to a few years ago that Staffys are fine with other dogs until they reach about 14 m/o when they start to show aggressive tendancies to other dogs.

    I waited until Tilba was 14 m/o & had had her 1st heat b4 spaying so that she could mature properly, after reading a couple of articles on the subject. I would definitely get your boy done after he's a year old & if he's larger than a staffy I'd wait until 18 m/o.

    Quote Originally Posted by Elana55 View Post
    As an Old Fogey (sometimes an old FOGGY.. but I digress) I can tell you back in the days of youth almost NO ONE neutered a male dog. No one. The males were often priced a little higher because people bought them knowing they would not come in heat and did not have to spend money "fixing" them. Yup. That was the way it was.

    When I was a kid my parents got male dogs for just that reason.
    Spaying was expensive and they did not want to deal with a dog in heat and the possibility of puppies.


    As kids, many of us had dogs,. most were males (for the reason stated above) and most were intact and the dogs fights were rare. We all went out riding bikes and builduing forts and having fun..and along came our dogs. The pack of dogs was only slightloy smaller than the pack of kids.

    Trouble arrived if a strange dog came in the neighborhood and if that dog was in heat. It also came if a strange male dog showed up...

    The former would produce issues with any grioup of intact dogs and the latter could prove problematic with any established group of dogs.

    Do I approve of neutering male dogs? Yes. Do I think it is as necessary as spaying female dogs? No. Would I neuter a non show non breeding male dog of my own? Probably.

    Behavioral issues are rarely the result of male dogs being intact.
    I had a small laugh at this. We only had male dogs when I was growing up. And they weren't neutered despite my mum not remembering. But I do. I lost the best dog I ever had when he wandered off one too many times although my mum thought the insurance man stole him, long story.

    When I was born parents had an entire X Scottie, in those days no front fence, he used to start a fight with dogs in the neighbourhood & walk off & leave them too it. He was also seen some distance from home.

    Apart from Tilba every dog we've had was routinely s/n at 6 mths of age.
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    Re: To neuter or not to neuter?

    Removing testosterone from your dog's system removes a lot more than the urge to wander... like the urge to challenge authority, the urge to assert themselves over spaces and objects, the urge to dominate you (if good leadership isn't provided), and other dogs. No it won't change their personality but it does make them more pliable and balanced and actually lets the true temperament shine thru.
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    Re: To neuter or not to neuter?

    What kind of dog do you have? His breed background (genetic training) can influcence behavior with or without neutering. Also if you wait too long, behavior traits have already been learned and neutering will NOT change them.

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