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neutering calm a dog?

October 31st, 2007, 08:42 PM
we adpoted a 2 yr. old rott. he is now 3. He has gotten agressive, he play bites to much and to hard. It's getting to the point that I'm the only one who can control him or get him to settle down.:dog:

October 31st, 2007, 09:09 PM
In regards to behavior, neutering may help decrease aggressive tendencies towards other dogs, especially males. It does help with wandering in search of females in heat although he may still become excitable if in contact with one after neutering (because of his age). However, neutering your dog may prevent a host of other medical issues such as testicular cancer for one. You'll find more info here:

Benefits of Neutering Male Dogs

Neutering (called castration when performed on male dogs) is recommended for all dogs, with the exception of those.......cases where a veterinarian might advise against it.

Neutering is beneficial to dogs for a variety of reasons. Dogs that have been neutered show a reduced sexual interest in females after approximately six to 12 months. Episodes of aggression towards other male dogs should also cease. In 60 per cent of cases, inter-male aggression is reduced, as is mounting of people. Roaming (i.e. running away from home) is also reduced in about 90 per cent of cases. Territorial urine marking in the house, if it occurs, is reduced in half the cases.

The health effects of castration are quite significant. There is a reduced incidence of perianal adenomas (i.e. tumours of the rectal area) and testicular tumours are completely eliminated. There is also a reduced incidence of perineal hernias.

With neutering, the incidence of many prostatic diseases, such a prostatic hyperplasia and prostatitis, are greatly reduced, as is the incidence of prostatic cancer. Without neutering, the incidence of these problems is quite high.

It is important to realize that castration does not change a dog's personality nor does it affect a working dog's ability to perform. Castration may contribute slightly to obesity (i.e. in about 10 per cent of cases) or reduced physical activity. Castration does not have any affect on the relationship between pet owners and their pets.

As for his aggression...Has he recently had a full check up and blood tests? There may be a medical condition causing this increase in aggression. Because of his age, I would also highly recommend you consult with either an experienced veterinary behaviorist or a experienced certified behaviorist. If you need help locating one in your area, please ask.

November 1st, 2007, 04:04 PM
Neutering would be a positive thing for a variety of reasons for him as mentioned but if you are play-fighting or wrestling, tug-of-war etc. this will insight more aggressive behaviour. Playing ball, obedience lessons, teaching him tricks, hide & seek and a good run for an 1 hr. per day will tire him out without provoking.