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4 Behavioural Reasons Neutering Dog

4 Behavioural Reasons For Neutering Your Dog

Neutering a dog is not only to prevent unwanted pregnancies and overpopulation. There are many other reasons why a pet owner should consider neutering as an option. These reasons are primarily to do with the behaviour of the dog. 

Some unwanted behaviours that result from the production of testosterone in male dogs may be reduced by neutering. Four behaviours that may be corrected by the procedure include:

1). Aggression

Canines are territorial and display aggression to protect what they perceive as their territory, their females and their pack. Testosterone plays an important role in increasing aggressive behaviours and is crucial to survival in the wild, sex drive, strength and stamina. When testosterone production is decreased after castration, a male dog should be less territorial, dominant and aggressive. 

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2). Marking

Marking is once again about territory but is an unwanted behaviour in homes and when the dog is out in public. Dogs mark in order to let other dogs know where the boundaries of their territory begin and end. Because neutering results in reduced territoriality, dogs that have been castrated are less likely to see the need to mark. 

A dog that continues to mark after neutering is most likely only doing so from learnt behaviour or because they can smell the scent of the urine and will continue to urinate in the same place. However, this type of urination is not the same as marking.

3). High Energy 

Dogs that have been neutered are often calmer and more relaxed after being neutered. A high energy dog will still want to play but won’t be as boisterous or display dominant behaviours during play. Dogs that jump up, snap or mount can all benefit from being neutered.

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4). Escaping

A dog that has escaped is a danger to themselves and the general public. They may get lost, get run-over or be harmed in some other way. They may also attack or harm another dog or human. Roaming and escaping may be as a result of searching for a mate or because the dog can detect a female in heat somewhere in the neighbourhood. 

A dog’s nose has over 300 million olfactory sensors and can detect females for miles around. Reduced testosterone levels after neutering will lower the sex drive in a dog and therefore prevent them from trying to escape.

Final Thoughts

It is important to note that neutering will not totally eliminate behaviours or change the dog’s personality entirely. Neutering commonly results in a moderate improvement in behaviour in most dogs and a marked improvement to a lesser degree. If the behaviour is not improved after neutering, it is recommended to discuss other options with a vet or animal behaviourist.

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