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How much can neutering calm a dog down?

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Hi, I have a 9 month-old mini poodle/sheepdog mix. I read online that mini poodles and sheepdogs just need 2 20-minute walks per day, and have an "off" switch inside the house. However, even after he plays for an hour, he still has lots of energy and wants to play (and will bark and nip if I won't indulge him). I really just want to spend 40 minutes per day on walking, and not more.

Also, the nipping is a bit of a problem. When I have guests over, he nips them, and it can be painful. I've tried saying "no" in a calm but forceful manner, and I've tried yipping like a puppy, but neither works. He's not aggressive or angry, he just doesn't seem to understand that he's hurting people that he loves.

The dog has a great personality, I just wonder if these things will improve in the next 2 years of his life. Also, he has neutering coming up, and I wonder if that could be a big help. What do you guys think? At this point, I'm inclined to give him to a trusted friend who leads a very active lifestyle. However, if you think there's potential once he gets neutered for this to be a lot more manageable, maybe I should keep him.
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When you say "sheepdog" are you talking about Shetland Sheepdog? Both Mini Poodles and Shetland Sheepdogs are high energy dogs, which is one of the reasons they excel in sports like agility and obedience. The idea that either breed could be kept sane and happy with no more attention than 2 short walks a day is somewhat mind boggling. Yes, they can, and frequently do, develop and "off switch" with maturity and training, but at only nine months, your guy is still a baby. He needs mental and physical stimulation. He needs exercise. He needs training.

Most herding breeds tend to be nippy and mouthy. It's one of their methods of controlling livestock. To counter that, you need to institute some strict protocols. Namely, his teeth on human skin ends all interaction. You stop paying attention to him, and walk out of the room or else pop him in his crate for a few seconds.

And no, neutering probably won't have any effect on his need for exercise and mental stimulation.
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