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Once, an unknown Swiss lady approached me and suggested MY DOG AND I take homeopathic medication to increase our " strength"....as we were too soft ( nice?).
I hope you gave her a good kicking and told her to mind her own business
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Old 23.05.2014, 20:30
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Another point was that the dog teacher suggested that my dog got chemically castrated, this means it is reversible after 6 months (a chip is being put in his behind) but you can see how he reacts when he would be castrated. For my dog it worked also fine, he is much more reliable when it comes to listening and he is not so nervous around other dogs anymore...

hope this helps!
We were just told about the chemical castrating about 10 minutes ago by our vet! Ha, I think we'll give that a try Thanks
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Old 23.05.2014, 20:55
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However, with our present Berner Sennenhund we have gone to Dog School and Dog play group, which is a GREAT experience. I had not realized how much there is to know...:-))
I don't have anything really to add to this thread, but I had the pleasure to get to know one of those exceptionally handsome hounds on a train ride to Chur. It was in first class and as such a fully appropriate place for a dog of such majesty.

If I ever had the space and time for a dog it would a Berner Sennenhund - absolutely beautiful and so friendly - although I suspect the latter is very much a result of the owner bringing the dog up correctly.
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We were just told about the chemical castrating about 10 minutes ago by our vet! Ha, I think we'll give that a try Thanks
Is that like a teabag in hydrochloric acid?! poor little guy...
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Also 7 months is too young to neuter a puppy
The dogs can be neutered safely form 10 weeks of age. Most vets recommend to neuter after six months of age. It is a high time for your pupil You said it yourself, the attacking dogs can't be wrong....
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Also 7 months is too young to neuter a puppy
No it's not. Ours was 6 months. She was fine.
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Re: my puppy keeps getting attacked!

Intact males will fight other intact males. The problem with small dogs is obviously their disadvantage when the other dog is large. The easiest solution is to neuter him. We usually recommend to so the surgery at 8 months, but some dogs are ready earlier. If other dogs are after him, I would say he is ready.Neutered males are better pets anyways. They don't feel the need to mark their territory all the time. Intact males will even mark their territory inside your house. Don't wait too long because once this habit has been established, it is very hard to break.
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No it's not. Ours was 6 months. She was fine.
There is a difference in females and males, every vet we spoke to and every trainer said to wait until atleast 10 months.
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The dogs can be neutered safely form 10 weeks of age. Most vets recommend to neuter after six months of age. It is a high time for your pupil You said it yourself, the attacking dogs can't be wrong....
Those vets are crazy or living in countries with a high number of unwanted dogs. Every vet, breeder and trainer we spoke to advised us to wait until atleast 10 months and some said not to do until a year old. If there a chance I can keep my dog healthy for longer by waiting, I will wait.

here: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...neutering.aspx
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Those vets are crazy or living in countries with a high number of unwanted dogs. Every vet, breeder and trainer we spoke to advised us to wait until atleast 10 months and some said not to do until a year old. If there a chance I can keep my dog healthy for longer by waiting, I will wait.

here: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...neutering.aspx
You are just overprotective. You may listen to the advisors of course and in the mean time ward off other dogs or walk you dog in your backyard. It is your choice but one is certain: the attacks won't stop.
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Intact males will fight other intact males. The problem with small dogs is obviously their disadvantage when the other dog is large. The easiest solution is to neuter him. We usually recommend to so the surgery at 8 months, but some dogs are ready earlier. If other dogs are after him, I would say he is ready.Neutered males are better pets anyways. They don't feel the need to mark their territory all the time. Intact males will even mark their territory inside your house.
Wow. Is everything you say strictly true? I am so glad my intact male dog is so well behaved and loves playing with pups smaller than him. He is like my teddybear, though I am very disciplined with him when we interact. Maybe this is why he is so well behaved.
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Hudson, my 7 month old corgi mix is the kindest and most friendly pup I've ever known. He lays down and shows his belly to every dog we meet while merrily wagging his tail as they sniff him and seems to respond well if the dog isn't into playing.

However- in the last month or so it seems like every dog we meet gets super aggressive super quickly. I asked our vet if she had any ideas of what could be the cause and she just shrugged (we are looking for a new vet). I'm wondering if anyone has any insight about this issue? I am starting to get anxious whenever I see another dog when we're on our walks and I don't want to put Hudson on the leash all the time because he behaves so well off of it.

Would love to be told it's just a puppy thing that will stop happening
So how did it all go? I wish I found your question sooner. My male is well behaved as long as I am in full control when an agressive dog comes to us, so as long as I deal with it, my dog doesn't have to. It also seems your dog needed a boost of confidence, this is all. Nothing bad at all. But you need to remain assertive towards other neglectful owners and their badly behaved/unchecked dogs.

I was told about the neutering a long time ago, but, in my opinion, 5 dogs later, neutering is not what is important - I think it is more important for you to understand what the dogs are trying to say and how to check them (I train my dogs with body behaviour and sounds rather than instilling fear and violence - like some I could mention).

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Re: my puppy keeps getting attacked!

It is natural for males to fight. Testosterone makes males more aggressive. It is not an opinion, in nature males fight. If you take the testosterone away, you take the impulse to fight away, as well as the scent that invites other males to compete. You can have a very well behaved intact male, but other males will still perceive him as a threat.
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What a sad doggy world that would be - males wanting to fight most of the time? My bitch was worse than any of my males, sadly passed with cancer. Do most male dogs in world get neutered or untreated?
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Well, in a perfect world, dogs meant to be pets should all be neutered. There are way too many unwanted puppies and dogs in shelters desperately looking for homes. If you neuter your dog you don't add to the problem. In addition to that, there are certain cancers and other health issues that can be prevented by neutering. And, of course, the behavioural problems previously discussed can be avoided.

All in all, neutered pets, male and female, make better pets.
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Re: my puppy keeps getting attacked!

The only correct reply here is: See a professional, recommended behaviourist! No one can give you proper advice without having seen the communication in both dogs.

And please don't listen to the people that advise you to neuter your dog, but watch the video from Dr. Karen Becker, which was posted in an earlier thread: Dog owners have to be responsible and supervise their dogs to avoid unwanted litters.

Neutering does not remedy behavioural issues - if there are any. Opt for the sterilization (Vasectomy) rather than for the castration.

In general a neutered dog will produce opposite sex hormones in the adrenal glands. Means, intact male dogs may start to mount neutered males.

Early neutering:

Growing hormones, that are important for ossifications, will decrease. Means the dog's growth in length will enhance, and its bones are not equally robust than in intact dogs.

Joints will not be developed appropriately. Means the dogs may suffer from joint issues.

The body will be to big for the heart, the heart will be to weak for its body.

Neuronal synapsis will not work. Means the dog will react with stronger emotions.

The cerebrum will not work properly. Means the dog might get insecure and stressed or aggressive.

I really don't want to scare you, but please see a behaviourist before any surgery.
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So how did it all go? I wish I found your question sooner. My male is well behaved as long as I am in full control when an agressive dog comes to us, so as long as I deal with it, my dog doesn't have to. It also seems your dog needed a boost of confidence, this is all. Nothing bad at all. But you need to remain assertive towards other neglectful owners and their badly behaved/unchecked dogs.

I was told about the neutering a long time ago, but, in my opinion, 5 dogs later, neutering is not what is important - I think it is more important for you to understand what the dogs are trying to say and how to check them (I train my dogs with body behaviour and sounds rather than instilling fear and violence - like some I could mention).

Best Wishes.

Now Hudson is nearly 3 years old and has a ton more confidence! He is chemically castrated (yearly for 2 years now) but that is because he is mostly off leash in the forest and decided not to listen if there is a female in heat around we are very happy and will continue to use the injection for a few more years than will take him off of it and see where he is behavior wise.
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I didn't know a Vasectomy was an option! In the end we use the chemical injection, yearly, as he will still produce hormones, though less. Now Hudson is 3 and it's fairly easy to tell when the injection is wearing off (he becomes extremely interested in female dogs) but I like with this option we can stop the injections all together if we decide to and he will go back to producing all hormones if it became necessary.
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Hi Tnt,

How wonderful that your dog is having a happy time, loving life!

May we see a picture of him?
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Hi Tnt,

How wonderful that your dog is having a happy time, loving life!

May we see a picture of him?
Of course!
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