To Neuter or Not to Neuter – The Decision

Rodney’s Flirting Again

We came across a female dog in season in the park the other day. She and Rodney seemed to be playing nicely so I was watching happily. The owners, however, were calling their dog away quite forcefully. I did wonder why when they were getting on so well. The guy then told me that their dog was in season, hence the intense interest from my boy.

I promptly put him on his lead and tried to lead him away, albeit whimpering, but the girl dog had other ideas. She avoided her owners’ attempts to catch her and was coming after Rodney. So much so, that I had to pick him up as they had no control over her at all.

The female dog was then circling us jumping up at Rodney yet the owners still couldn’t catch her. My poor boy was, by now, crying for me to let him down. Finally, the girl dog was caught and they went away.

Unfortunately though, Rodney was watching them and, when I let him off lead, he sped off in their direction. I hastily ran after him whilst he ignored my pleas – again. He did stop and come back to me eventually but only when he decided to. I, however, was becoming a nervous wreck.

This, together with a couple of other incidents of wandering and ignored recall attempts, gave me the incentive that was needed. I resolved to speak with the vet again and get a quote for the Suprelorin implant so that I could decide upon the way forward once and for all.

Rodney loving the snow

Decisions, Decisions

I really didn’t know what to do. Although I didn’t want to put Rodney through surgery, wasn’t sure about the effects of the implant either. These seemed to vary and I had read stories of the implant site being sore for a few weeks initially. Additionally, the latter only lasted for around 6 months and there was a strong possibility that I’d then put him through the surgery anyway.

I was convinced that Rodney’s undesirable behaviour was down to hormones and not training issues. Furthermore, as he has always been a very confident dog, his slight aggression towards the odd male dog was unlikely to be fear based. As it turned out, the price for the implant was just shy of £180.00 and castration was around £160.00.

I returned to the internet and read and read and the consensus amongst experts in the field seemed to be that, those having the surgery early were very much the worst affected. It became clear that research showed that dogs should mature fully and naturally to avoid many of the health issues facing neutered dogs and to ensure that they didn’t stay puppy-like. I have heard of instances where adult male dogs never cock their legs to wee having been castrated early.

The Verdict 

Much to my own surprise, I’ve decided to have Rodney surgically castrated. He is just over 2 years old and so is fully mature. His issues involve slight aggression with the odd male and the inclination to wander off on occasion to check-out other dogs.

Therefore, I am certain that this is the best option for him and for me. This is my own personal choice and suits our situation alone. I am certainly not suggesting that this is the best option for all.

Follow Rodney’s continued story.

I would like to thank Stan Rawlinson, the Dog Listener. I have found the information given on his website to be invaluable.

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