|Barked: Thu May 19, '11 4:11pm PST |
|I've had my Beagle, Charlie since he was eight months old. He will be four this year and has never been neutered. He is fully intact. I have NEVER had any issues with aggression, mounting, or marking and rarely with 'running away' per se. These are all things that need training and don't necessarily come with a dog simply being intact. I quote 'running away' because Charlie has escaped his yard before(before I got a secure dog run and began vigilantly supervising), but he NEVER left our block, he didn't even go off our street and running away is more a matter of vigilance, prevention and responsibility.
They will not howl through the night after catching the scent of a female in heat. The female in question, would have to be in close proximity, think next doors yard, or your yard or in your home, etc in order for it to truly stress out the dog and that's exactly what any howling would be. They don't typically howl about this though. It's mostly just panting, pacing and sometimes whining but you aren't likely to get much more unless the dog is provoked to bark or howl by other dogs doing so - or if the dog is territorial and outside at night.
The dog park is a 50/50 thing. Some dogs do great at dog parks, some do not. This has to be socialized for and there needs to be lots of positive reinforcement in regards to parks with lots of loose dogs. I have never seen intact male dogs fight at a dog park and I have been frequenting dog parks since I got Charlie(the local one I go to has anywhere from 40-200 off leash dogs in a day, at once, half of which are usually intact males). Fights at the park are usually caused by rude behavior displayed to other dogs in greeting, or in play - by play getting carried away, by dogs that are toy aggressive and are brought with toys, or sometimes by food. An occasional snap, growl or nip to tell a dog off for rude behavior happens too, but isn't typically anything to worry about.
You shouldn't have many, if any issues with a labradoodle. They're fairly smart, easy to train dogs, if not energetic.
As long as you train from day one for the CORRECT behaviors you want your dog to display, and make sure he doesn't have the opportunity or learns in regards to the behaviors you want to avoid, then you'll be fine!
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