|Barked: Sat Dec 22, '12 12:13pm PST |
|Daddy has always been fine with other dogs. Rambunctious at times but not aggressive or even that assertive. When he was intact he would be regressed at by other intact males and he would either run the other way or submit. Well Daddy has been neutered for about half a year now.
My brother brought over his young (6 months) intact male dog over, a bit smaller than Daddy. Daddy got really worked up, and when the other dog snarled he showed his teeth back, something he has never done. He was not in a small enclosed space nor on a leash, and they met through the fence and were fine. But as soon as the other dog started jumping on him he started jumping on him back and trying to mount him, and he had a very dominant posture. He was easy enough to de-escalate (Daddy) but the other dog is extremely hyper and really kept getting in his face and then trying to run on the leash.
I've read time and again neutered male dogs tend to have a problem with intact male dogs. And if you watch shows like the Dog Whisperer you will see when an intact dog (especially a male) is brought into the group of almost exclusively neutered/spayed dogs, many of them, most of them even get tense and uneasy.
But my question is, do you all think he was reacting to the energy of this particular dog being so hyper and unruly (even though he used to be like that himself)? Daddy is an older dog for his breed at 8 years old. Or was it a combination of the other dog's hyperness and the fact that he was young and intact while Daddy is older and neutered?
Daddy wasn't trying to bite him or really trying to get into it (he could if he had wanted to, any dog could). But he was really wanting to establish himself as the dominant dog, again, he's never had this problem when he was intact. When intact his main problem was trying to hump spayed females (really annoying). But when another dog told him his place he accepted it.
It's fair to say that Sammy did have about the same reaction, except she nipped his nose. But she isn't used to larger dogs aside from Daddy who comparatively is pretty chill. And before we got her she really had no exposure to dogs outside of the household, just other small dogs, she became an indoor only dog that never saw outside dogs. Then for the last seven months of the time she had at her last home no exposure to any other dogs of any size.
The neutered male dog next door hates intact males, he would often aggress behind the fence at Daddy before he was neutered, but Daddy would just ignore him. I don't know of anyone who has laid back intact male dogs (most people I know have either female dogs or no dogs) so I can't test to see if it was just this one dog's energy he had a problem with and not intact males in general.
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