|Barked: Mon Apr 29, '13 9:13am PST |
|Well... I went ahead and made the appointment to have Nix neutered. He's going in for blood work today, and the surgery is the 7th. That'll give us just about two weeks to heal before we hit the road (cross country trip, with the dogs of course.)
The decision is one I've been thinking about off and on for a long time. I bounce between not wanting to, and thinking I really, really should, if not for the sake of finding a place to live (because some of the places we've looked have a spayed/neutered pets policy) but to also curb some of his less than appealing intact male behaviors like how he laps up other dogs' pee and quivers his lip for a minute after. It really makes me want to puke when I see him doing that. Good thing his 'leave it' is pretty solid, but it doesn't stop him from trying again at the next pee spot.
That, and the way I've noticed a lot more posturing and challenging of other dogs. He was a very polite puppy, but always on the receiving end of attacks from neutered males, specifically. Once a neutered male gets a whiff and realizes Nix has something that he doesn't, it is ON!
Nix will not tolerate rude behavior from other dogs. And to be honest I don't see a problem with that. I hate rudeness too. If he wants to correct a dog who's acting like an idiot getting all up in his face uninvited, trying to hump him, being a bully, etc. then by all means any correction that dog gets is deserved. But the problem is that Nix himself is now starting to become a bully. He's gone over the line of just a dog who doesn't tolerate rudeness, to a rude one himself. And I don't like that.
The marking is starting to get on my nerves too. He's not doing it indoors. Never. He's a good boy and he knows better. But lately I've been jogging and I'd like to be able to jog with him, but his insistence on stopping to hike his leg on every bush or tree that smells interesting makes that difficult.
But really, aside from pee-licking, marking, and the posturing (which I'm not entirely convinced is even related to his being intact)... Oh, and also the fact intact male dog pee STINKS!!! and he always accidentally nails himself when he goes potty... he is perfect.
Part of me really is ready to get him neutered. He'll be 2 years old in May. He's done growing.
But the other part of me is so, so worried that it'll change him in ways that I don't want him to change. I love how affectionate he is. How eager he is to jump through hoops for me. How drive-y he is (although to add to the list of intact male behaviors, he does sometimes get very distracted by smells and he'll drop what he's doing to sniff for a second before he resumes activity.)
I guess I just need to hear that this isn't something that's going to turn my boy in to a standoffish, lazy, drive-less potato..
Edited by author Mon Apr 29, '13 9:15am PST
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