by Nans gsd on 11 November 2019 - 19:11
by jillmissal on 11 November 2019 - 20:11
by Koots on 11 November 2019 - 21:11
by Centurian on 12 November 2019 - 08:11
Neutering .. There is a time and place for neutering. That aside … in the USA there has been for decades a big push , a very very big push towards neutering, I put this forth . OK … neutering can decrease cancers , tetsticular and mammary cancers in dogs . Most people understand that and that is not debated or contested. But , and this IMOp is a BIG BUT : there are a dozen reasons that neutering above and beyond those reasons, is not beneficial , especially in a young dog !! Why has this neutering bit come about [ aside from problematic behavioral issues]. I do not have the exact answer .However my impression is that this is just a big con job , like all the political correctness and government controls placed upon people . In addition , I think this also originates from breeders feeling that when they sell dogs /pups they have to protect their own interests. This stems from the alck of education about animals and may from the viewpoint that any ol' person can breed by simply putting two animals together to make a few bucks.
by Sunsilver on 12 November 2019 - 09:11
Why are you neutering? By this point, the dog's behaviour /character is pretty much set, and neutering will not change it. My male wasn't an aggressive dog, but if another male challenged him, he was still game to take them on after neutering. And he still went after the females when they were in season!
Unless you have an intact female at home you want to protect, or if your dog is an escape artists that likes to roam loose and sire unwanted litters, I see no point to neutering him.
by Koots on 12 November 2019 - 09:11
Cent - neutering/spaying has been pushed for years because too many irresponsible owners (not just breeders) have let their dogs procreate, resulting in more pets than homes. I have walked into the large freezer at the SPCA in Vancouver, where the bodies of animals are kept before going into the incinerator. I volunteered at the hospital there, and seen many homeless animals, just waiting for someone to give them a caring home.
In some Canadian First Nations, there is an experiment being conducted with a birth control pill (for males and females) because of rampant reproduction due to animals not being fixed.
Thanks to an Emergency Drug Release, a Canadian veterinarian has been able to use and study Suprelorin in female dogs in select First Nations communities.
I will be neutering my present 6 yr old male dog, as he has epilepsy and we have a young female that we don't want to have any 'accidents' with. I do not think my male's behaviour will change much, not that we would know as the epilepsy drugs have 'toned him down' anyways.
by Nans gsd on 12 November 2019 - 11:11
by Nans gsd on 12 November 2019 - 11:11
Thanks again, Nan
by Koots on 12 November 2019 - 13:11
by emoryg on 12 November 2019 - 13:11
I have experience in older dogs (7-9 years) who were neutered for medical reasons. Three dogs immediately come to mind. I’m guessing the changes in behavior were first observed within four-six months of surgery.
All were seasoned police dogs and had been specifically tested for their self confidence and lack of any avoidance behaviors.
One dog developed concerns over storm grates. These are the things on the side of the street where water runs off. They are also hiding places for property or evidence of crimes (sometimes suspects), so they’re occasionally used in training to hide articles for the dogs to locate. He would still indicate to the article, but often from several feet back. He had previously located many articles in training and during actual calls for service without showing any concerns. In the past I had placed articles in that same grate for his handler. He was conditioned to move through this.
One dog started losing commitment during the cat fight, sometimes within seconds of being rolled on his back. In the past he always performed at high levels and never showed any issues. He improved somewhat, but to stop reinforcing this behavior he was eventually removed from the scenarios after he failed to stay committed on a reliable basis.
One dog suddenly became concerned over road kill. While doing search exercises, he would sometimes appear startled and leap away from the carcass. This was especially noticeable if he came in upwind and happened upon the road kill before first smelling it. He was conditioned to move through this, but would still show some level of concern at the odor.