Before I get started thanks for all the emails that I received with your kind words about Bennie The Pug. I hope everybody enjoyed him. He will be back in the next couple of days to tell you some exciting news.
Quite often I am asked why a dog should be neutered so I thought I would give you a quick run down on some of the top reasons to do it.
Neutered dogs make better pets and better members of the community because they are not wandering the streets contributing to any pet over-population problems. Keeping your dog contained and leashed will also prevent your dog from wandering.
Some of the reasons you should neuter your dog include:
Your dog is less likely to get testicular cancer. Some kinds of cancer are more likely to occur in dogs who have their testicles. Removing the testicles can help your dog avoid testicular cancer, for example.
Your dog won’t be as likely to roam or wander if he is neutered. Male dogs can be inclined to roam and wander in search of a mate if they are not neutered. Neutering removes this incentive to roam. Good fencing and containment measures are recommended whether your dog is neutered or not.
Your dog will be better behaved and easier to train. Some trainers say that neutering a dog makes him better behaved and easier to train. This is certainly true when male dogs are around girls in season.
Your dog will not mark in the house. Intact male dogs are more likely to mark in the house than neutered male dogs. If your dog is spraying in the house, then neutering should take care of the problem, even if you have tried other things.
Your dog will be less aggressive. Neutering your male dog will most likely make him less aggressive because it will reduce the testosterone in his body.
Your dog will be less likely to have an unwanted litter. Neutering your male dog means he will be unable to sire any unwanted litters. However, again, good containment for male dogs, and for all dogs, makes unwanted litters less likely.
Not convinced? Talk to your veterinarian about other good reasons to neuter your dog. There is a great deal of veterinary evidence, pro and con, about spaying and neutering your dog. Your vet can advise you about the health ramifications that matter in your dog’s case. There are many things to consider before neutering your dog: age, overall health, your dog’s breed, predisposition to other health problems, and so on. Neutering your male dog is often a good idea but you should talk to your vet about all of these issues before making a final decision.
Until next time……
About the Author: Wayne Booth is owner of Canine Behavior Specialists in Nashville, TN. Wayne has been teaching people how to become Professional Dog Trainers since 1990 and he is the Training Director of Canine Behavior Specialists Network, www.K9-University.com