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

May 27, 2009 | By Anonymous | 9 answers | Expired: 1967 days ago

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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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Stephanie D.
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May 29, 2009

Hi, I have a blue heeler mix and spaying/neutering will not get rid of their energy. Sometimes fixing them will help calm them a little. But heelers will still need to run. We now live in the country and honestly when we lived in the city it was just as easy to exercise her. The only difference for us is now we have fenced in yard to play fetch and train in. We still take her running daily. Try a springer bar on your bike, my dog loves it! Or running on a treadmill!

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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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jackie
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May 28, 2009

getting him fixed will help little. heelers are a high energy working breed. you need to train him, excersise him and keep his mind stimulated. Otherwise he will find things to entertain himself and you may not like what he choses to do.

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krystal  p.
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May 28, 2009

when my german sheperd got fixed she became very calm and not very playful. we got her from the pound so we had to but before she got fixed she was really energetic and would always do things. now she kinda mopes around the house.

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JerZgirl
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May 28, 2009

Neutering CAN calm a dog down...however an active breed such as a cattle dog needs more than just a snip snip.

What obedience classes have you taken him to? You might want to look into an agility class or a fun Rally Obedeince class. Hyperactivity means he needs MENTAL stimulation in addition to physical. Buy dog trick books-this dog needs to be working constantly. Especially if you live in the city-this is very important.

It is common practice to neuter and removing the hormones will put his brains in the right end if you know what I mean. LOL But with a cattle dog-there is no way that dog will be lazy. ;o)

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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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m s.
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May 27, 2009

I don't know about your sweetie's particular breed, but i am sure you are aware that it is well-known by everyone -- it is advised that our pets get neutered -- the claim is that it's better for our pets' health. Because your concern is about your specific breed, i would keep doing the research and find out from experts on what you should do in your case and what's best for your dog.

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Anonymous
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May 27, 2009

it will always help but heelers need 2 run and herd something 2 be happy

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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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