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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 haven’t mentioned any type of training or mental stimulation. Have you taken any training classes with him?
Nipping doesn’t just “go away”. He’s a bit old to still be nipping and it certainly shouldn’t be hard.
You mentioned a lot of telling him what Not to do, but he needs to know what he should do. If he shouldn’t nip at you, what’s a good alternative? Nip on your toy or chase after it? Saying No and Yelping at him just give him the attention he’s looking for, so essentially he’s being rewarded for unacceptable behavior.
What kind of calm mental stimulation do you provide for him? Toy food puzzle games, frozen Kong, hide and seek, etc... Get a flirt pole to engage that herding behavior.
Does anyone play wrestle with him using their hands? If so, stop now. Always have a toy in hand when playing.
Honestly, it sounds like this might be a bad match. Neutering might help promote a tiny bit of calmness, but it won’t be anything major. Dogs don’t have specific walking limits or timelines. If you found a good home for him, sadly that might be your best bet.
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