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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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You have a mix to two very high energy breeds and one is a herding breed. The nipping is the herding coming out and the energy is to be expected from this mix. It never ceases to amaze me that people want a couch dog and then proceed to derail that by choosing high energy breeds that were designed to go all day. That is what you have in this mix.

Neutering will do only two things: Separate you from your money and the dog will not mature properly (I NEVER neuter male dogs unless medically necessary such as a retained teste or prostate issues). Neutering calms nothing down.

I will tell you what does calm dogs down. Brain games a few fun for you and the dog and in the end you might end up with a well trained dog.. Look up Karen Pryor clicker training (and then learn how to use a clicker with your dog). Look up 101 things to do with a Box.. much there to make a dog think and think. Thinking will tire a dog out more than walking and is way more effective than neutering.
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