How will neutering Vancouver WA change my dog?
Many pet owners are concerned about how neutering Vancouver WA will affect their dog’s behavior and personality. The truth is that the only behaviors affected by neutering are those that are linked to the male sex hormones. Neutering won’t affect a dog’s working ability, personality, friendliness, etc. Hormones such as testosterone are decreased by neutering, and this also reduces the associated behaviors.
You may see a reduction in these behaviors after neutering:
– Urine marking- Neutering will reduce your dog’s desire to marking his territory with urine. This includes areas outside your home and in your yard, and inside your home as well.
– Roaming- Unaltered dogs are at more at risk for getting lost and being injured or killed on roads because of their urge to roam in search of females. Neutering will decrease or eliminate your dog’s desire to roam, and keep him safely at home.
– Aggression- You may or may not see a difference in level of aggressive behavior toward other dogs after neutering. There are studies to support both sides of this argument. Some say that neutering decreases aggressive behaviors, while other studies say that they found no relationship between neutering and aggression in dogs.
– Inappropriate mounting- Dogs are often less likely to exhibit mounting behavior after neutering.
To prevent the development of unwanted behaviors, it is recommended that you neuter your dog before he reaches sexual maturity, which can occur between six and nine months of age.