The Pros and Cons of Neutering


To Neuter or Not to Neuter!



  • Prevents bitch having puppies and false pregnancies
  • Normally eliminates inconvenience of seasons and stops the bleeding and behavioural changes.
  • Early spaying (before 1st season) drastically reduces the chances of mammary tumours later in life.
  • Completely removes the risk of Pyometra (uterine infection and a serious threat to all ages which can be fatal.
  • Helps with hierarchy problems but must spay lower ranking bitch only.


  • Temperament changes are possible with some bitches becoming more docile.
  • Small risk of urinary incontinence in early spaying but this can be treated easily.Neutering
  • Spaying, though routine, is major surgery. It is very uncommon but occasionally a haemorrhage can occur. There is also a small risk of problems within the skin wound.
  • The older the bitch is at the time of spaying (this should be around 9+ months) the greater the risks involved.
  • Recovery can take several days and it can take several weeks for her to heal. A follow up visit 7-10 days after spaying is necessary to remove the stitches.
  • Possible weight gain but if diet is properly adjusted and after spaying and appropriate exercise is given this should not be a problem.


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  • Prevents the dog causing unwanted pregnancies
  • If done early prevents straying, leg lifting and territory marking
  • Prevents Testicular cancer (common cause of death in older dogs)
  • Reduces the risk of Prostrate cancer
  • Can cure hierarchy problems – between two males – so long as ONLY the LOWER ranking dog is neutered. This widens the gap between them and allows the higher ranking dog to take the top dog spot. NEVER neuter both – dogs are never equal.
  • Aggressive behaviour especially towards other dogs is usually reduced after castration.
  • Dominant/over amorous sexual behaviour is also normally much reduced. This results in less straying and helps to reduce traffic accidents.


  • Neutering is not a cure for all problems. It can help but also it could make no difference whatsoever:

E.G. It is unlikely to make any difference to: Wild and unruly behaviour or dog to dog/people aggression. And never to: Destructive behaviour and separation anxiety.

  • As with spayed bitches, castrated dogs can also experience changes in temperament, some becoming much quieter/docile.
  • As with spaying there is a possibility of weight gain after castration, but if diet is properly adjusted and controlled and appropriate exercise is given this should not be a problem.
  • Too late (around 12 months – peak of testosterone production) possible leading to a hormone driven “thug” dog for life.
  • Too young (around 7 months) risk dog will be thought of as female by other males due to not developing a proper masculine body and masculine behaviour. Vets do not usually castrate till around 9 months old.
  • Recovery usually takes 1-2 days with a follow up visit to remove stitches 7-10 days later.
NB Neither of these procedures are reversible! If there is any possibility of requirement to breed from a bitch at a later date or of having a dog at stud then neutering is not an option!

How to be your dog’s Alpha!

Setting the example!

Dogs know who has to be listened to and who doesn’t. Whoever sets the example gets the respect. The one the dog first submits to, in the dog’s mind, is leader of the pack. The dog is second and anyone else descending in pack order.

Spending quality time with the dog will strengthen the pack bond, and create a more friendly and sociable dog who understands you, and feels safe within his pack. Your dog should be at the bottom of the pack not in the middle somewhere.

If the dog is to view you as the Alpha he must know that he can trust you in every situation that arises, and all his needs will be provided for by you. When enforcing the rules of your living space it is important to be consistent and regular routines that can be depended on by the dog should also be established.

1. Be sure to pass through doors and passage ways ahead of the dog.
The alpha has Rite of passage. This is very important to dogs. First rights always go to the alpha.

2. Eat first–then feed your dog.

3. If you find the dog blocking your way, make him move out of your way–do not go around or step over him. Sub-ordinate animals show deference to the Alpha by moving.

4. Call your dog to you to give him attention and show affection. Don’t go to him.

5. Likewise when coming home, if your dog does not come to greet you, ignore him. If you go to the dog then, you are treating him as the ALPHA.

Controlling toys etc

6.When you play with your dog, be sure that you end up with possession of the toy, and keep hold of it Coupled with praise and reward the practice of taking objects from the dog, such as toys, food etc will help to reinforce understanding of who is the Alpha.

7. Don’t allow your dog to sleep on the bed with you at least until he fully understands who is the alpha. At the very least he will view himself as an equal and this is storing up trouble for later.

Practice discipline

8. Practice discipline in a way that the dog understands, when the behaviour is unacceptable. Catching him in the act is essential, or he won’t understand what the correction is for. Make direct eye contact. Like wolves dogs talk with their eyes.  In this case it will reinforce your dominance.