Hello terrificpets.com folk, I am writing to seek some advice. My mother and step-father have a beautiful Male Shepherd, AKC and all that jazz. He is not fixed and doesn't listen, not violent or anything like that, just seems agitated. My step dad refuses to get him fixed, which I think would help with his disposition. Is there any service or anything to get his medicine - and even potential breeding that anyone can suggest. My parents live in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles). Thanks for any and all your advice...as I don't know much aout the options for this. -Danny
So you are telling them to get him fixed but you want to breed him? Wow...first of all convince them they need t have him fixed them enroll him in training classes EVEN IF he is already trained that way it will take his mind of things it will tired him out, better socialization and al that "jazz".
Some unaltered male dogs tend to be very restless. I would think that this was especially true in an active breed like the german shepherd. I'm not sure where you live, but if you live in an area where there's a lot of people and pets within say 1/2 to 3/4 a mile from your house, it's possible that he's in a constant state of being stressed because he can smell female dogs in heat.
The "Doesn't Listen" part has to do with training. The truth is, if this isn't your dog it's not like you have a lot of options. Telling your parents the dog needs more exercise or to go to basic obedience classes for training won't do any good if they don't want to go, since he is their dog. Just like it won't do any good to recommend getting the dog neutered, since again, he's their dog and not yours.
It's also possible that he isn't getting a lot of exercise. GSD dont really make good couch potatoes, as a herding/working breed they really need a job of some sort or some active and regular daily exercise beyond a leisurely walk around the block.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
One argument you can give them for neutering is...Unneutered males run a higher risk of testicular cancer. Also, he may just start running off to try and find those females in heat. That means he could get hit by a car, kept by someone or picked up by the dog warden. If the dog warden gets him, there are fines that will have to be paid to redeem your pet. Dogs are not like humans, they don't miss their testical's. They don't seem to have much pain either. I had my male neutered at 6 months and he was out running and playing as soon as the drugs wore off.
Unfortunately this could become a life or death situation for him. I've heard of unaltered males throwing themselves through windows, digging out of yards and going to enormous lengths to get to females in heat. If there is a female in heat some where near by he will know about it and this would make him agitated. Neutering him is the best option, but you can't make your family do something they don't want to do. You can give them all the benefits, less risk of prostate problems. Many un-neutered males develop prostate problems later in life and need neutering. The surgery at an older age becomes much riskier. Obedience training and a regular exercise routine are essential to this breed otherwise he will drive himself crazy. If anything they need to enroll in obedience training and make sure they're literally wearing him out mentally and physically by the end of the day. That's the only way to do it. If they can't give that to him they need to consider another breed. Find a home that can give him what he needs.