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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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However, even after he plays for an hour, he still has lots of energy and wants to play
You've just described nearly every 9-month-old puppy on the face of the planet.

He's a puppy. He's acting like a perfectly normal puppy. What you read online was likely describing a fully trained, well bred (pure) adult. Did you actually look up what it's like to have a puppy? They are a tonne of work. It requires a lot of training, patience, and consistency to get what you are wanting. As for only needing 40 minutes of walking per day, that is very dog-specific. Some dogs will be okay with that, some dogs will need more. There is no set amount of time that is good for all dogs, even of the same breed. Not to mention you have a mixed breed so you never really know what you're going to get with a mix.

Puppies are basically a blank slate. It's up to YOU to put in the effort required to get them where you want them to be. And even then you might have to accept certain things might not be what you want.

Neutering will not likely change anything except his ability to breed.
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