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Old 11-08-2012, 11:36 AM
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Little bit of background. We have had our chi for about 3 weeks now and have him booked in for a castration on the 17th (he turns 7 mnths on the 15th) Since having him we have noticed he is terrified of anything new (not people just dogs and food) and he isn't house trained, yet, and doesn't know basic commands. We have been correcting these things but have seeked the help of a trainer. After speaking to her she is advising us against castration at this stage as we need to sort out his issues before we mess around with his testosterone levels. She thinks he may turn into an aggressive dog if we castrate him first which will make training him even more difficult. The vets have said to castrate him sooner rather than later as one of his testicles hasn't descended so if left could turn cancerous! We have no idea which path to go down!!! ANY help or guidence is appreciated. Thanks
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:44 AM
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I think your trainer is misinformed. I've never heard of that. If you want to neuter your dog, neuter him.


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I agree with Ashley! He is the perfect age to get fixed and it will not hurt with your training
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:57 AM
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The lower testosterone levels should make him more laid back and therefore help with the behavioural issues. The vet is correct, sooner better than later in this case, would be much better for him.

I would also find another trainer, if they believe neutering would make things worse then I would be questioning if they know what they are talking about!
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:20 PM
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Your trainer has it backwards, he will be less prone to aggressive behavior after neutering, not more.
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As with most puppies, you are going to be entering a big roller coaster ride! At least, I did! I kept on top of my training with Angel, but there were so many times that I felt like I was talking to a wall! And now at age 2 he is turning into quite the little guy!

But on castration, he was done at eight months old. He had one testicle that did not descend. My vet told me to do it sooner than later. No regrets. As far as calming him down, no not really, not for him. But I do believe for some it does calm them down.

I don't think it will interfere with training him.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:23 PM
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I agree with everyone elses advice. I have always heard the same.
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I agree with Natti
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