Fixing a Dog. Part 2

March 22, 2010

spay dog

AKA= De-sexing, Spaying (female), Neutering (male)

Fixing a dog doesn’t change their personality, it just gives them one less thing to worry about.  Their desire to engage in sex is not an emotional need like it is with humans, it’s strictly a hormonal driven phenomenon.  It’s a feeling they can’t control and if they never had it, how would they miss it? The reasons people have as to why their own dog should have a litter of puppies is purely a human perception.

There’s a reason companion and guide dogs are fixed and police dogs aren’t. The meaning of smells, other dogs and people are magnified in their mind and this will cause behavioral issues. Fixing them actually is doing them a favor because it helps them be calmer,  getting more attention from us and other dogs, listen and behave better and easier to train in obedience. Fixing can help with roaming problems,  marking problems, not to mention the countless dogs who are abandoned, sheltered or put to death every year.

There are health benefits too.   It’s proven that spaying and neutering helps with ovarian and testicular cancers, tumors and prostate enlargement problems, which can result in an early death.

Females: Should be spayed before their first heat (6-8 months). This will decreases their chance of getting cancer by 90%.

Males: Known aggressive breeds should be neutered well before 6-months and all other dogs should be neutered at 6 months.

If you’re not in the animal business it may be difficult to know and see what we in the business see.  Similar to when you take up a new hobby or start a new business, things are never as they appear from the outside. Trying to breed your dog isn’t that simple as I explained in Part 1. This is why you can learn from other animal professionals, that fixing a dog is the only humane and natural thing to do. If you’re truly a dog person you should be looking at it from their point of view. Be a responsible pet owner not a wanna-be-breeder, leave breeding to the professionals spay and neuter all your pets!

The following video is titled, “Why Dodger stadium is full of dogs” WHY DODGER STADIUM IS FULL OF DOGS

If you missed Part 1 > Fixing Part 1


3 Responses to “Fixing a Dog. Part 2”

  1. Jessica Ojeda on March 22nd, 2010 10:27 pm

    Why do you say that males dogs from aggressive breeds should be spayed well before six months? And my next question is how early can you fix a dog, female and male?

  2. Robert on March 23rd, 2010 2:50 am

    HI Jessica,

    My understanding is dogs can be fixed as early as 6 wks old. Even though Vets can fix early, doesn’t mean they will and most wait until 4 to 8 months old. From a behavioral perspective, the earlier a known aggressive breed is neutered, the less testosterone in their body. This can greatly reduce their aggressive behavior.

    Thanks for listening

  3. Robert on April 3rd, 2010 3:06 am

    Hi Bryan, thanks for listening.

    Do you know what the reason is for letting them go through a heat? you’ve heard healthier or natural, but in what way? I’ve heard this also and many other theory’s but nobody can tell me what it accomplishes.