My baby Tucker is a teacup Pom and when we had him in to the vet at 6 months they told us to hold off on getting him fixed until 8 or 9 months to see if he might have one more growth spurt. Well, he's one year now (today!) and for the past couple months he's been following our other dog around and peeing on the same spot (covering the other dog's scent I assume) and lifting his leg when he goes (new habit)and humping all stuffed toys (including the poor squirrel that we now call "Tucker's girlfriend"). I have heard that sometimes if you get them fixed after they start doing these things that it doesn't help. Is that true? Can someone help me out with this? The surgery is $300 and if it won't work then why bother? The main reason I want to do it is because I have young kids who freak out if they see the "red worm" and I am just not ready to explain all of it!
Please click on this link, and read the article. Neutering your dog is the best choice, because not only is it healthier for him, but also less headaches for you in the future with unwanted aggression & marking, and unplanned pregancies. Where are you located? $300 seems pretty high just for a neuter. Low cost clinics and the Humane Society is much cheaper.
It may or may not. The sooner you have him neutered, the better chance you have of stopping the behavior. You also have to train him this is bad behavior.
Neutering is definatly the best option for a male dog unless you intend to use him as a stud dog and willing to deal with the behavior issues associated with it.
he could in the end decide he wants to be dominant over you other dog and this could cause fights. Your best solution would be to neuter him asap. I would however check around with other vets. $300 does sound a bit high to me also, but alot depends on where you live and cost of living.
I know this was made a couple of months ago, but I thank you for asking this question because....you know. It's important. I needed to know if we should encourage or NOT encourage the ("humping" behavior, which in our household we call the 'I.A.' (inappropriate action) lol. I just didn't want to do the wrong thing. I know that humans have the same need, but...if we don't stop the puppy from doing that, he'll do it to Everything- and even though sometimes they do it not to be inappropriate (but for dominance purposes) it's still an inappropriate way in doing so.
Our olderst female will urinate over our youngest females urine every morning. Some mornings they go out together, sometimes at seperate times. Even when they do not go out together, Salty knows exactly where Scout went and will beeline for that spot and go. How she knows immediately where to go I haven't figured out yet. So I don't think neutering will help with this as both our girls have been spayed for many years.
As far as lifting his leg I have had male dogs learn to lift their leg after they have been neutered. Both our male dogs alternate between lifting it and not. Both were neutered before they even learned to lift their leg. I think our youngest male actually learned to lift it by watching his older brother.
As far as humping goes I do believe neutering will help with that as long as it is not done out of a dominance thing and more as a hormonal thing. I know I didn't answer your 1st 2 questions with definitive answers but those have been my experiences.
It's important. I needed to know if we should encourage or NOT encourage the ("humping" behavior, which in our household we call the 'I.A.' (inappropriate action)
If you don't want them to do something, then you need to let them know. I don't think you will be hurting a dog to let them know that "I.A.'s" are not permitted.
I don't know how we lucked out, but our current pup has only attempted to hump things a couple times -- and the last occurrence was so long ago I don't even remember when it happened. This is nothing like our previous pup (same breed, neutered at same age) who seemed especially "driven."