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Q: Will my Blue Heeler calm down if we get him fixed?

May 27, 2009 | By Anonymous | 9 answers | Expired: 1962 days ago

Anonymous

Stoney, my Blue Heeler, hasn't been fixed yet and we want to get him fixed. I have heard that when you get a dog fixed it will calm them down. He is really hyper but will it change him for good? Will he be a really lazy dog? Will he still act right and want to play and stuff?

*I know that heelers need to run and stuff and my Stoney does, but we live in the city any ways just to let you know. :)*

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Wendy L.
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May 27, 2009

as mentioned, its always best to fix a dog for several health and behavior reasons. :)

Neutering will help if his hyperactivity is hormone-related, but it's probably more because of his breed, so you probably won't notice a huge difference. Age will help too, but as Summer said, he'll probably still be a high energy dog.

Besides health, breeding, marking and potty-training issues, neutering will also help prevent him from running away (whether permanently or temporarily), trying to see if you or he is dominant which will influence his manners and how well he listens to you, and will help him focus on a task at hand (or you) if something he wants or smells gets him excited and tempts him.

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Summer  B.
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May 27, 2009

Blue heelers are exceptional dogs! Sometimes fixing dogs will calm them down a little but that mostly has to do with territorial behaviors- Regardless of whether you snip him or not, he's probably going to still be a high energy dog :) Give him something to herd lol my heelers were always trying to direct people and animals where they wanted them to go, so maybe if you give him a hobby he will calm it down a notch :)

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EBalka
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May 28, 2009

Neutering is the best thing you could do for him!!! Not only will it help with his behavior, but it lessens the chances of prostate and testicluar cancer , and self imposed injury (like beight hit on the road trying to get to a female) too!! Could you imagine being a teenage boy in a strip club and not be able to "do" anything about it? This is how your dog feels when he smells a female miles away. Pent up frustration causes all kinds of behavior issues. It's a total MYTH that they get lazy and fat post surg. in all my years as a vet asst I never saw a dog have any of the mythical "changes" that people think will happen. If you love him, do whats best for him, NEUTER :)

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