Debunking Myths: The Real Impact of Neutering and Spaying Your Dog

When it comes to the topic of neutering and spaying your dog, there are many myths and misconceptions floating around. As someone who has worked with dogs for over 30 years, let’s clear the air and discuss what neutering and spaying won’t do for your dog.

Neutering and spaying your dog will not:

  • Calm them down. While it’s a commonly held belief, the truth is that neutering and spaying doesn’t instantly transform your dog into a docile, sedate pet.
  • Prevent roaming or running off. If your dog has a strong urge to explore or chase, neutering or spaying won’t change this instinct. Proper training, including recall commands, leash manners, and boundary training, is essential to prevent your dog from wandering.
  • End behaviors like humping. Dogs hump for various reasons, including excitement, playfulness, or anxiety. Neutering or spaying might not resolve this behavior; it’s crucial to address the underlying causes through training and behavior modification.
  • Stop them from marking objects or territory. If your dog has developed a marking habit, consistent training is key to addressing it effectively.

 

Most importantly, neutering and spaying won’t necessarily affect your dog’s behavior or make them a “better dog.” This is a crucial point to understand. If you have concerns about your dog’s behavior, consider seeking guidance from a professional dog trainer who can address specific issues through training and behavior modification techniques.

 

Furthermore, don’t anticipate a break from your dog’s usual antics for a week or 10 days following the procedure. While your pup may initially feel groggy and tired due to the anesthesia and surgery, this respite is short-lived. Soon enough, your dog will return to their usual self, and you’ll need to keep them calm to ensure proper healing.

Remember, your dog’s behavior is shaped by various factors, and effective training is a potent tool for enhancing their behavior and overall quality of life. Avoid altering your dog’s physique and genetics for behavior purposes; it’s simply not necessary.