I just recently watched a video from Dr. Karen Becker on why spaying/neutering at a young age is not ideal. I'll post the link to the article and video. Just wondered what others thought about it.
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Dr. Becker was describing in the video how she trained her intact male to not spray. A belly band that keeps the penis strapped against the abdomen that is removed when the dog is taken outside to do their business as a way of positive reinforcement training. I thought that sounded pretty good, actually, because a dog isn't going to want to urinate/spray on itself and therefore will wait until you take them outside.
It's making me think twice about altering my next dog, at least while it's young. Second benefit is cost. It is NOT cheap in Toronto.
Spyro also easily removed his belly band and generally removes anything we put on him. It only took about 2 years to get him to wear a collar
There are a few vets willing to do a vasectomy if you're in the right area. Same with tubal ligation. Both you can keep the benefits of an intact animal while they are sterilized. Some animal controls will still consider them "unaltered" again depending on area. Some places consider altered as any dog that is surgically sterile while other consider altered as a dog that is castrated or that has had an OVH (usually in areas where roaming is a problem.)
I'm hoping that the area hubby and I move to for homesteading at least has a vet willing to do depo for our LGDs. Our pets are rescues so they're generally altered early.
I would go back to potty training basics with him, Lauren. Like he's a brand new puppy....I'd even take it as far as using his daily food intake as his reward, so he earns his food by going potty outside.
Is this something that's feasible? Because it sounds to me like it's already a well ingrained habit, one that is going to be difficult to break him of. But I've had good results with adult dogs being re-potty trained at an older age.
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