|Barked: Mon Jul 9, '12 10:01pm PST |
|Duke is not yet neutered and I do not have too many issues with him. My neighbors gave him to me, and I am guessing he is around a year old (give or take a few months)...so he is not yet fully mature.
I have no issues with him marking things-indoor or out. In fact, it is my neutered dog Twister that does the marking outdoors. Duke actually still squats, lol.
The main issue I have with him in regards to him still being intact is his tendency to hump dogs he first meets (he did it a ton to my 2 dogs until after he had been with us awhile; Twister is docile and would just stand there and take it, Echo hated him until he stopped so I would always step in whenever he tried to do it). This is not something most dogs they have just met would appreciate, and may scare timid dogs.
He also likes to hold barking contests with my neighbor's Boxers, but I think that is more from him having lived with them and is now staying with us.
He seems to be pretty good social-wise towards people and dogs (though I have yet to test that fully with strange dogs/people). I will say that even if an intact dog is social, if he come across other intact male dogs, those boys may not be as gracious...so even if your pup ends up a social butterfly when fully mature, you will still need to take precautions around other dogs (male or female). Heh heh, just realized how masculine 'social butterfly' sounds.
He does seem to try to get out of the yard (or wherever he is being kept) a lot, and will squeeze past open doors so definitely need to keep an eagle eye out for things like that...especially when there are females around who are in heat!
Good luck with your boy! I definitely think it is healthier for dogs (and cats) both mentally and physically to at least wait until they are fully mature to have them neutered or spayed. I think being neutered while still a pup played a part in Twister being shy and having weak nerves (other part simply genetics). I probably will have Duke neutered later on though.
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