We rehomed our big guy Chance that was living an isolated life with no other contact with other dogs. Still intact. He was about 1.5 years old when we got him. He never was trained and was kept as an outside dog. After two years with us he’s house trained (he actually sleeps with us), listens to commands, is very playful, He will bark at strangers if they come near the house and he’s inside (definitely normal) He has never growled or been aggressive, he is eager to please and loves to play.
He is still intact completely. Other neutered dogs have always been the aggressor towards him in which case he simply ignores them while he’s on his lead and sniffs around nonchalantly, only time I got a sense that he was on guard or could have been aggressive was when a dog that was off leash was running full speed towards us while he was on leash, he got in front of me and it looked like he was getting ready to leap as the dog approached. Thankfully I yelled to the owner to grab her dog that was off leash and asked her to please get her dog as we didn’t know if he was charging aggressively or not. It didn’t go well with her and we ended up leaving the town park. I’ve read multiple articles and have watched holistic integrative vets speak about the negative impact of neutering. He plays very well with the neighborhood stray cat, he hops around her as she tries to swipe at him playfully.
Back to the house training, we literally didn’t, first week we had him we had him outside as that’s what he was use to then decided to bring him in and see how it goes. We didn’t HAVE to train him he just instinctively knew somehow and never had an accident, he will sit by the back door and bark to be let out, if I’m washing dishes I tell him to wait one second and he will sit and lean against the wall while i make my way over. To this day if we leave and we get caught up somewhere longer than expected he holds it until we return, we’ve only pushed it once to the 8 hour mark due to unforeseen circumstances, we have never done that again as it must have caused him so much discomfort and we felt terrible. Now if we even suspect we might be running late on our return we bring him with us.
Anyway sorry for the ramble we love him dearly and are so proud of how smart and very well behaved he is with us, we are so happy we rehomed him to give him all the love!!