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Q: Does neutering calm a hyper dog?

February 9, 2009 | By Rita W. | 18 answers | Expired: 2064 days ago

Rita W.

Thank you for all the responses to neutering a hyper dog. We walk 4 times a day for about 20-30 minutes. He has tons of toys I have to get on the floor every night and play with him. Also, he is a few weeks away from being 3 years old. I was not aware this could prevent any types of cancer. Thanks again for the input, I will make him an appointment asap.

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Megan B.
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Feb 09, 2009

Neutering is an EXCELLENT idea for your small dog. Neutering is typically a very simple, easy, quick surgery with very little recovery time (maybe a week to ensure that the suture heals properly). It has very little pain associated with it. Our shelter vets recommend neutering/spaying pets as early as possible (we do it at 8 weeks and 2 pounds!). Neutering first off prevents lots of health problems- like testicular cancer. In addition, it may work to calm your dog down. Neutering decreases the amount of testosterone produced over time. This means that a month or two (maybe longer, it depends) after neutering, your dog will start to be a little less aggressive or hyper. Because he doesn't have "them" any more, he will also be less driven to chase after females. Our shelter gets in SO many unfixed male animals who have simply gone out in search of a mate. Although toy poodles are adorable, if he gets out of your home and finds a mate, that results in a litter of pups. The owner of the female dog may not want the pups or maybe the female dog is a stray. The female has the unwanted pups... say 6 of them. Out of those 6, it's very likely that 1 pup will die early (natural causes, a bigger animal, health issues, etc), 2 pups will wind up at the shelter, and maybe the other 3 pups will have a good home (until they destroy something or the owner realizes that a puppy is a lot of work or the owner has to move... then they will come to the shelter too). Out of almost 9,000 animals that our shelter took in in 2007, we euthanized around 50% of the animals. That's ~4,500 lives extinguished. Why is our number so high, you might ask? People don't think that neutering or spaying their animals is important. We are surrounded by rural areas where people's animals are allowed to run loose. Your decision to neuter your toy poodle affects more than just you. Hopefully he will calm down after the neuter (I'd recommend asking your vet how common this is, how long it would take for his testosterone production to slow, etc). Even if he doesn't calm down as much as you'd like, you can still rest assured that you've saved the lives of other animals by having your animal fixed... which, in my opinion, is one of the best outcomes of spaying/neutering an animal!!!

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Elisa D.
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Feb 09, 2009

One other thing that I don't know if anyone added - get him a backpack to wear on your walks. My dog is about the same size of a typical JRT and I got one for him. For additional energy drain - Put a small water bottle on both sides so it has some weight. It drains energy partially because of the weight from carrying it, but more importantly because of the mental energy it takes to carry it. It makes the walk more focused and he's doing something with a purpose - carrying your water. You might find that you don't need to walk him as often.

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Dee  V.
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Feb 09, 2009

It may help but sometimes a the dog reacts to the owner's temperament and a calm environment often helps relax the dog...just like raising kids!

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