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

March 19, 2009 | By Negative1 | 14 answers | Expired: 2061 days ago

Negative1

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.

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Elisa D.
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Mar 27, 2009

It sounds like your dog is insecure and stressed out. Even though Cujo has had a bad reaction to strangers, you should be able to find a good trainer that can work with her from your home. That trainer will be able to come in and not be seen as a threat by Cujo. Also, having a private trainer will enable that person to observe you and your family and give tips on things that you can change to improve your dog's behavior. Make sure this training focuses on positive reinforcement rather than punishment methods, because you want to build Cujo's trust and confidence.

One thing that you can also work on is training her to calm down. Being stressed out all the time is not good for her. Rewarding calm behavior will help promote those behaviors, because something good happens when they are performed. There are other training things that you can do, but I'm suggesting hiring a private trainer to guide you. It may cost a little money, but it's better than her being declared a vicious dog and/or getting put down because she bit someone.

Is it also possible that maybe she is injured? Because pain can exacerbate extreme behavior.

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undine d.
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Mar 21, 2009

i think so my dogs are all fixed and there much more come...

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Andrea D.
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Mar 21, 2009

It does sound like you need to seek private counseling. Have you tried anything homeopathically?

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Andrea D.
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Mar 21, 2009

I don't know about spaying, but I had Thunder neutered in november and I do see a difference in his edgyness.
In-tact male dogs are highly stimulated by their high testosterone levels which are there all the time, are always displaying. It is always causing a certain amount of stress for unneutered dogs.

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Melissa D.
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Mar 21, 2009

Sounds to me like it would be best if you found someone who would do private lessons and then gradually introduce the dog to people and other animals with the help of the trainer. Thing is, by letting the behaviors continue your running the risk of losing your dog. If she bites someone or hurts another animal,depending on the laws where you live she could be taken away and /or euthanized. Allowing the behaviors to continue is just going to make it more difficult when you eventually decide to take action.

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Liz C.
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Mar 20, 2009

No, that is a fallacy. Spaying and neutering doesn't calm them down. The surgery removes hormones not energy. That must be done through mental and physical exercise. If your dog is aggressive than a behavior counselor/trainer is EXACTLY what you need. That behavior will not go away on its own.

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Denise L.
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Mar 20, 2009

I think it calms most dogs to a certain extent (for example, I had a fox terrier that was a maniac until he was neutered), but I think that more walks or playtime would help to get rid of your dog's pent up energy.

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Kimberly H.
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Mar 20, 2009

Honestly, it sounds as thouhg your dog has some pent up energy! Alot of people think that since their dogs are small they dont need as much exercise. Small dogs still need to go on walks every day. Just running around the house like crazy maniacs doesnt give them any release. I would consult a professional about her aggression and in the meantime see if you could incorporate some more exercise into her day! Good luck!!!

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Marta J.
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Mar 20, 2009

I agree with the others. Spaying and neutering only helps with the frustration of not being able to mate. Once that is taken away, the dog will not longer have that to think about and can concentrate on more important like training. Spaying and neutering is not a "cure all", but it helps in more ways than behavior. It helps prevent a multiude of medical problems down the road.

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Azzurrapl
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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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