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Old 02-29-2016, 03:20 AM
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Question can intact male and neutered male find happiness?

i adopted (rescued) timmy about a year ago. he's about 2 1/2 years old, neutered, no health issues.

about 6 weeks or so ago i adopted/rescued my second chi - jose. he's ~11 years old, multiple health issues. he's allergic to all opiates and narcotics so the rescue was unable to get him neutered.

so the challenges have been increasing (or at least not getting better). jose was peeing everywhere -some of it was marking, some of it incontinence. that's slowed down some, and i just ordered a belly band as well.

the bigger problem however is that he's constantly coming up to timmy and licking his face, and/or his penis. timmy growls and tried to avoid it. he's never done anything but growl - no biting or snapping. but timmy's really bothered by jose's attention.

i read that there are smells/scents/odors given off by both intact and neutered dogs that are at the root of much of this behavior.
The most common type of altercation involves neutered males aggressing toward intact males. Neutered males smell like females. The scent of an intact male cause many neutered to react negatively toward them since intact males smell male. The scent of an intact male can cause tensions to rise even before the two dogs engage each other because intact males retain the ability to mate and give of the scent of male, which can be considered a threat to neutered males.
(Dog-on-Dog Aggression (DDA) |

given that i can't have jose neutered, how else can i help ameliorate the effects of their hormones? anyone else have any experience having neutered and intact males living together?
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Old 02-29-2016, 05:17 PM
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You are not seeing aggression, just normal dog communication.
Jose is grooming Timmy, and Timmy is saying 'no thanks, please stop'
It may be that over time he will be happy to allow Jose to groom him like this, but right now he isn't comfortable with that level of intimacy. So distract Jose when he starts to groom Timmy.
This has nothing to do with gender or the dogs sexual status, so please don't worry about that.
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