Q: Does spaying really help calm a dog down? How long does it take?

March 19, 2009 | By Negative1 | 14 answers | Expired: 2502 days ago


My dog was spayed about 5 weeks ago. She is an absolute maniac, and we all thought she would calm down a bit once she was fixed...but now it's almost like she's worse! She seems so on-edge all the time, and what would have been a small barking fit before is now a full-blown freakout.

Is there hope for her, or do some dogs just NEVER calm down?

I can't take her to a trainer or a behavior class or anything, because she's vicious around strangers and she WILL bite.

Readers' Answers (14)

Mar 20, 2009

I would consult a behavior trainer right away! And I would recommend that you probably need to exercise this dog a lot every day to burn off that pent up energy. The basic tenant of dog training is "a tired dog is a good dog". But there is more going on with that aggression so please do work with a trainer on this problem. You can always put a muzzle on her to take her out in public. She needs socialization not seclusion to learn that strangers are not to be feared.

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Peggy B.

Mar 19, 2009

Sounds like your dog has lots of pent-up energy. I don't think the spaying is the real issue here. I would encourage you to consult with a trainer because if she is that out of control, you will need some help. Things won't get better on their own. An experienced trainer can help teach you how to handle her. They may need to muzzle her if she is that vicious, but you've got to try to correct this now before she does bite someone--she can't avoid strangers her entire life and it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. That doesn't help her, you, or her victim. Sorry to be such a downer, but please do get some help for you and her!! Don't take "no" for an answer--call another trainer if the first one can't help you. You owe it to her to try before it is too late. Good luck.

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Mar 20, 2009

I agree with jrpl and peggyB.... Please find an experienced trainer.... and attend the sessions yourself before she bites someone. You can find a qualified trainer by going to either APDT or CPDT and putting your zip code in. I know at St. Huberts - they have a Feisty Fido class - the trainers teach the owners how to desensitize their dog to the use of a muzzle and then help the dogs learn how to stay calm with other dogs and people. I used to see them coming out of classs when I brought my puppy for puppy playgroup. I good trainer will require you to attend and will give you homework to do between classes. Good Luck!

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