|Barked: Mon Mar 18, '13 8:01pm PST |
|I've read your posts about Moose's bullying before, but somehow never made the connection until now. Nix is doing the very same thing. And I believe they're close to the same age? Anyways, I've been off and on considering neutering (most likely not going to unless there's a medical reason to, but I can't say I've never thought about it) but when this bullying behavior started up, my first instinct was to leave his sex hormones alone until he's well past the "angsty hormonal teenager" stage.
Right now the hormones are running wild, testosterone levels are as high as they will ever be (on the plus side, it's only going to drop from here), he's starting to flex his muscles and see what he can get away with. I also read, from another distressed BC owner who's intact male was also going through the very same behaviors, that during this age-range dogs are at their most insecure.
Since neutering takes away all the important hormones needed for development, I feel like doing so at the age where they're already going wild would be too big a risk, and might throw things way, way out of whack, creating a dog who's even more insecure and/or an even bigger bully. Despite how you hear all the time that intact males are the aggressive ones, we've had more issues with neutered males becoming aggressive to him. I gotta wonder if these boys were neutered too young and that's why they immediately react aggressively to meeting an intact male. We've yet to have an issue with another intact male. Not saying it won't ever happen, but it hasn't yet.
Anyways, I would wait until Moose is older and out of the hormonal stage.
Edited by author Mon Mar 18, '13 8:18pm PST
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