My 10 month old golden, Tucker, gets very frisky in the evenings. It doesn’t matter if we have gone on a one hour hike, played fetch at the empty schoolyard, or he has been pent up for 2 or 3 days due to weather. Every night, without fail, Tucker decides he has a need to fulfill and proceeds to “hump” the pillows on the couch. I can’t honestly think of a nicer way to put this. It doesn’t matter who is looking, weather company is over, or even if there is a camera pointed at him. This dog has no shame.
I managed to capture an episode on my grainy cell phone video camera. What makes this video so funny, is that it is the horrible audio from the television in the background. You can see when it stops, so does he! Make sure you have the volume turned up.
I realize each dog has it’s own personality. Tucker’s bloodline consists of several top scoring obedience dogs. A pretty impressive pedigree. The contract I purchased Tucker states I have to wait until he is 18 months to be neutered. This seems to be a controversial issue. My veterinarian advised me not to take his playful puppy behavior into consideration when deciding when to “make the cut” What he meant was, don’t expect a brand new dog as soon as the surgery is performed. I continue to weigh the pros and cons.
No significant information was found to indicate that neutering your male dog would make him calmer and less “dominant” There was sufficient evidence stating that dogs who were neutered early (before maturity) had an increased risk of certain cancers, hypothyroidism, obesity, as well as many other health concerns. Early neutering is also believed to stunt growth as sex hormones play an important part in bone development.
Here is an article in favor of later spay/neutering Early Spay/neutering considerations for the Canine Athlete by Dr.Chris Zink DVM, PhD, DACPV
Here is an article in rebuttle to Dr Zink’s article, in favor of early spay/neutering
Rebuttal to “Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete”
In conclusion, based on information from the above articles and reputable breeder recommendations, I have decided to wait it out to have Tucker neutered.