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So everyone I talk to has differing opinions on when I should neuter Dezi, I've heard 5 months 6 months 7 months and 8 months! I'm just not sure who to listen to. I want to do it at the right time... But I don't know when that will be!  I need some hard proof on when's best. Any ideas??
 

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i really feel like it is your own personal choice being that everyone has their own reason and idea of when is best.  I got dungy fixed at 5 months only cuz i wanted to do it when he was younger and wouldnt get any bad habits
 

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I'd like to hear some input on this also.  My vet and local Humane Society said 4 months.  Is that too young?
 

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That's what one of my vets said 5 months b/c there testicles aren't as big so they will heal faster. But then the other vet at the same place said 6 months and people that show dogs say 7-8 months... GRR! Crazy.  When do the bad habbits start?? I don't want any of those problems.
 

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Well Barkley is 13 weeks and he is starting to hump....YIKES!  I didn't know they started doing that at such a young age. 8O
 

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Dezi got his first red rocket the other day and he's only 11 weeks! What did Barkley hump? I'm not looking forward to that. How do you disipline a puppy for that??? I know how to handle dogs but not puppies! I'm a puppy newbie!
 

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He tries to hump my other dogs.  Of course he's little so he just gets their backs when they are lying down.  I just tell him NO and clap my hands to startle him and he usually stops.  I'm new at this puppy thing too.
 

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dungy did awesome when he was neutered... he wasnt even groggie afterwards and he just wanted to play... he didnt even know that they were gone.

Humping isnt always sexual.  Dungy humped a few times when he was really young but he has not since.  Just cause he does it once doesnt mean that they will always do it, maybe he found something he really liked and wanted to claim it
 

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I had no idea how much work raising a puppy would be!  Yeah I know dogs hump things can be a dominance thing, trying to claim territory.  Maybe I'll just do 5 1/2 months I've got a while to decide....
 

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lol 5 1/2 months... good medium lol

i think it is weird cause my family has always had dogs and they have always been fixed and whether it be male or female we always did it around 4-6 months cuz they were still young and they were losing puppy teeth... there was never a safety issue or worry
 

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If I'd had the chance I would have done Cooper earlier than I did.  I had him done at 1 year almost to the day.  I wanted to make sure he was healthy enough to have it done.  My vet gave me the go ahead about a month ago, and I should've done it then.  His testicles were still fairly small at that point.  He definitely hit puberty this past month which is what prompted me to go ahead and get it done.  Also, if I did it earlier, I could've saved like $15 due to his weight  :p
 

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I got Duke done at 6 months and I will probably get Bentley done at 6 also.  And he started trying to hump Duke at like 9 weeks old.  Not good.  I just stop it and say no.  He hasn't really done it to much anymore.  Bentley is a very dominate dog, and it has been a struggle trying to show him the pecking order but he is slowly learning.  Duke has never humped anything so I think it just depends on the dog.
 

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Based on the information my vet told me, it is smart to neuter around 6 months.  She told me that 6 months is usually the turning point for when a dog is considered an adult among other dogs, and also when they hit puberty (and most of the bad behaviors start, although every dog is different).  However, I don't think there are harmful side effects if you choose to do it earlier than 6 months because the humane society that I volunteer at neuters/spays at 8 weeks.  The information I've been given (which I know is somewhat contested) is that dogs that are neutered before maturity (usually 6 mo.), tend to grow a little taller and lankier due to a lack of testosterone.  Testosterone is the hormone which prompts the closing of the growth plates, so dogs that are neutered later tend to be stockier and well-muscled.  So I'm going to try and wait until Spinx is a year old so he will fill out a bit more.  The key word is try, because if he starts marking up the house, his balls will be gone faster than you can snap your finger.  I think I'll be able to deal with the other behaviors like humping, etc...
 

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Lizcantjump\";p=\"108743 said:
I need some hard proof on when's best. Any ideas??
I don't think you are going to find hard proof on when it is best; vets may have different opinions, some dogs mature faster than others and people have different opinions.  You should discuss it with your vet and between the two of you should come to a consensus as to the right time.
 

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Just because a dog gets fixed, doesn't mean he'll stop humping either!  LOL ... Charlie was fixed and humped the entire 6
years I had left with him ... not people, just his stuffed animals and occasionally, for no apparent reason, the air!   8O

Tango is humping his teddy bear now.  I think I'll get him done around 6 months.
 

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That really is a personal choice...IF you are thinking of doing Agility, I would suggest waiting til after 18 mos, gives everything a chance to finish developing...Otherwise, 6 mos is usually the norm...
 

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Willow- I may be a little slow here, but a question...why wait for 18 months if interested in agility? Is it a growth plate issue or maturity related? Just curious...
 

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Both really...Agility, running, anything like that is hard on the joints, so you want to wait til they have fully developed before starting those activities
 
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