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Old 10-27-2010, 02:55 PM
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A few behavior issues I noticed..

We took Baxter to my dad's house this past weekend, he's been there once before a couple months ago. My dad has two dogs, a neutered male German Shepherd 4-5 yrs old I think? and an unspayed female 1 yr old Yorkie. When we first took Bax there, he met the GSD first and immediately laid down and peed, scared I assumed, but after a lot of butt sniffing they were good friends. He also got along great with the yorkie. He was 3-4 months at the time if I remember correctly. Now this weekend when we went over there, he peed again when he saw the GSD, since he's already met that dog, and been to the dog park often since that last trip to dad's, this makes me think maybe it was out of excitement? Am I right, how do I stop this? Also, this time, the yorkie wanted NOTHING to do with him, and would growl whenever he tried to approach him, but that didn't bother him, he would still try to play and even try to hump her. He also constantly tried to hump the GSD ( He humps everything that moves, including my bf and I! )I think maybe she was in heat, and didn't want Baxter to mate with her, hence the attitude?They were such good playmates last time.. I kept Bax away from her for the rest of the weekend, because he didn't get the hint. When dogs growl at him, he wags his tail and tries to play with them. I don't want him to get hurt because of his own ignorance..he doesn't get that growling means back off, is this something that takes time to learn? The only time I've seen him back off from a growl is when he tried to take the Shep's rawhide bone and he wasn't about to let that happen lol.

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Old 10-27-2010, 03:00 PM
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Is Baxter neutered? You said he was 3-4 months last time, so that would make him about 6 or 7 months now? He is approaching sexual maturity, which may explain why the unspayed female acted differently towards him.
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Is Baxter neutered? You said he was 3-4 months last time, so that would make him about 6 or 7 months now? He is approaching sexual maturity, which may explain why the unspayed female acted differently towards him.
He'll be 6 months tomorrow. We have weighed the pros/cons and decided not to neuter him. Don't worry, we're responsible dog owners and aren't going to breed him or anything like that, I don't wanna open up that can of worms. I pretty much attributed her behavior to that, just wanted to see if there were any other opinions. Any help on the other issues would be greatly appreciated too.

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He'll be 6 months tomorrow. We have weighed the pros/cons and decided not to neuter him. Don't worry, we're responsible dog owners and aren't going to breed him or anything like that, I don't wanna open up that can of worms. I pretty much attributed her behavior to that, just wanted to see if there were any other opinions. Any help on the other issues would be greatly appreciated too.
I'm sorry but having him loose with an unspayed female is not being responsible. He at six months could be mature enough to breed with her.
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I don't leave him unsupervised, anywhere. Thanks for the concern.
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Supervision is usually not enough when it comes to two intact dogs being in the same room/yard... Hormone driven dogs are VERY driven when it comes to that and can also lash out at you if you try to interfere, even if they're normally completely sweet animals. Intact males are also EXTREMELY good escape artists and will chew through doors or jump through windows if they smell a girl in heat. It's impossible to watch them 24/7. Since you're against neutering, I highly recommend getting him a vasectomy as a "plan B" if he does manage to mate a girl somehow to prevent adding to the puppy population. Its a very safe and quick operation with very little downtime.

As for the excitement peeing, I don't really have experience with that so I'll leave it to one of our more senior members to suggest a solution for it
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I had the same problem with my puppy and the Excitement Urination. Here is the Thread and there is some really good info on there.

https://www.dogforum.com/dog-behavior...rination-7689/
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This isn't a problem. I only have one dog, and there's no way for him to escape my apartment. The few times I do visit my dad's house, he IS SUPERVISED and there's no way he can get any dog pregnant. The room they keep the dogs crates in has a pad lock on it , and they keep her seperated when not supervised in heat because the neutered gsd also tries to hump her, so unless my dog can bring a ladder to the door, and pick a lock, well no, even if he COULD do all that, it wouldn't matter because he is by my side, 24-7, or in his crate in another room, with a lock on the latch. I understand the concern guys, but I can assure you he's not going to be bred with any dog, ever. I understand this is a sensitive subject but I'm doing what I feel is best for my dog, as everyone here does as well. I'll check out that thread, thanks.

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