Anyone have experience with "fixing" pets after puberty? (The pet's puberty)

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  1. deverrant

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    I intended to have my dog, Steve fixed. One of the reasons is that he's a bit too protective/skitzy with men.
    To the point that it's not only an annoyance, but it's kind of a problem. Not to mention the fact that it's stressful for Steve.
    I figured that neutering would curb this behavior.

    But a friend recently told me that since he's a year and a half old (he'll be 2 in December), his hormones have "kicked in" and neutering at this point would make no difference. He went on to say that he'd had a fully adult dog fixed once and it changed his whole spirit/demeanor; that he'd wished he'd had his old dog back, and he insists I should leave Steve intact.

    I've found conflicting arguments on the internets. Anyone have any personal experience with it?
     
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    Maybe Steve's just a little backed up and you should, you know, give him a helping hand...
     
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    didnt read but i did like the pug tattoo
     
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    :facepalm:
     
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    Novel idea here: ask your veterinarian instead of "a friend."
     
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    All my second had dogs have had the fixing done...better safe than sorry.
     
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    Well I became unhappy with my last vet. They were suggesting procedures for my dog that I didn't think were necessary.
    My new vet's office seems more personal, which I like, but I don't know them that well yet. I'd be concerned that they'd be biased; given the fact that they get paid to neuter.
    Plus what I'm looking for here is personal experience in fixing an adult pet. I don't want his personality to change for the negative like my friend claims his dog's did. Vets know what they've learned in books but that doesn't necessarily mean they've experienced it first-hand, for themselves.

    I'm looking for an unbiased, first-hand opinion on the subject.
     
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    As in they were post-pubescent? Did it change their personalities? And if so, for the better?

    I had my last two dogs fixed but both were under a year old.
     
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    Behavior aside, it's still a good idea. If he gets loose, he'll knock up any bitch in heat.
     
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    They were both adults; and as part of the adoption process, the fixing was included in the deal.

    We had a GSD, who we had fixed at about three, and yes, it mellowed him out a bit. I think having the constant need to hump everything in sight removed will improve anyone's life.
     
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    Don't do it.

    Learn training, consulting a professional recommended.
     
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    I got fixed after puberty. I'm pretty soft and lazy now.
     
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    I got fixed at 23 and I'm sorta still ok.

    Maybe :woah:
     
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    I've considered this, of course. There are a lot of good reason to spay/neuter.
    But my friend's account of his dog's "spirit being broken" after a post-pubescent fixing has me spooked!

    Like I said, I had my last two boys fixed, but both were under a year old. I have no experience with fixing an adult. Aside from the overprotectiveness, Steve's perfect... he doesn't run off, he's extremely attentive and focused on me, I'm confident with him off-lead. He'll roam when I let him, but the second I say his name he's at my side. He's so animated and confident. And he's my best friend. I wouldn't want to do anything that may potentially change his current demeanor, other than the overprotectiveness.

    I'm an advocate of spaying/neutering. And had I got him a few months earlier in his life it would have been done, no question. But after hearing some negative feedback on adult neutering, I'm nervous.
     
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    Other than the contraceptive angle, I'm really no help in this matter. Other than Elvis, who was already an adult and neutered before I ever met him, I've only had female dogs.
     
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    My guy is 1.5 years old.
    This is my first Male dog.
    Had him fixed at 1 year old.

    He is more protective now then he has ever been.
    not sure the lack of balls has anything to do with it :dontknow:

    If I leave the house for a second he gets pissed off at me. WTF?