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Old 05-04-2015, 04:30 AM
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There is never a truer test of steadiness and recall than the first time your intact adolescent male walks by a bitch in heat.
depends on how driven the male dog is.
With Teo is was far more difficult to walk by a person with a Hotdog, than walking by a person leading a bitch in heat.
It's a bit like with humans... some people are very sex-driven, others have other priorities in life. XD
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:56 AM
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I don't like neutering a normal healthy dog.
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Old 09-27-2015, 01:39 PM
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I believe it depends on what type of service dog you have. As an example, most law enforcement agencies that use working dogs leave them intact. Drug dogs and patrol "partner" dogs need to have the aggressiveness that is usually lost with neutering. OTOH, other types of service dogs, likely would be as well off either way.
I'm a firm believer in neutering your pet, unless you are going to breed it.
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I have never had a neutered male and unless for health reasons, never probably will. Right now I have two intact males. Remmy competes in Agility and is never a problem. I do have three spayed females but that is more for my convenience. My Bernese cross was spayed at six months before I knew better, my other two were both spayed at around a year and a half old after at least one season. I also have one intact female and I have never had any "oops" litters.
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Old 09-27-2015, 08:32 PM
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People I know who keep working dogs usually neuter the females (unless they also breed their dogs) and the males either when they're older or when they prove that they're not that good at their job.

With working dogs, the proof is in the pudding so to speak and it's hard to know if a dog is good at his job until he's had a chance to do it and if none of the working dogs were bred it'd be pretty hard to improve the working traits of the line.
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Old 09-30-2015, 07:08 PM
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I know that you wait until two years the dog will develop more. My friend has a two year old Rottweiler who was neutered pretty early and he currently looks like he is mixed with a labrador retriever. Part of it is because he doesn't have the stockier German lines in him but another big part of it is because she neutered him early. Another big part of it is how much experience YouTube had with dogs and how much training you can do and how well you can teach him. It would probably also depend on your environment like if you're in the city might be better to get neutered a little bit earlier with all the dogs there are. if you are in a more rural area it might not be as big a deal cause don't be as many dogs around.

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Old 10-17-2015, 09:21 PM
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I get all my pets neutered. My Belgian malinois was spayed when she was two, but that is because she was a rescue and the idiot who brought her in had gotten her pregnant (she was a stray apparently, yeah right). Since she is older, I can't really say how neutering the a younger working dog affects the dog, but Ursa didn't change at all after the spay.
My male corgi lab mix was also neutered when he was two after being rescued. I believe it is important to fix every animal not intended for breeding by a respectable breeder so we can work on improving the pet overpopulation crisis.
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I like the added freedom I have having my dogs neutered/spayed. I don't want the added worry of them running off to mate or having my female attract males to the house. Too many unwanted dogs out there for me to agree to having intact pet dogs. That does not mean I am against anyone who has intact dogs as long as they are responsible, it's just not my personal cup of tea.
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Timber, I forgot to add that. My female dog is off leash all the time. If she were intact that would not be an option.
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Timber, I forgot to add that. My female dog is off leash all the time. If she were intact that would not be an option.
Its only a couple weeks a year.


Of course I haven't gone through it yet so I can't really talk but everyone I've talked to has said it isn't really a big deal.
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