I made an appointment to neuter Champ. He turned two years old in December. I have now cancelled the appointment. I think most of our problems with him have been because he was kenneled for awhile around bitches in heat, etc. Maybe, I just need to concentrate putting on a bit more training. Plus, we need to give him some time at home before making such a big decision.
I don't plan on doing any more breeding, but my girlfriend and husband both planted in my brain to wait…give him some time. He has a lovely temperament. Aggression is not the problem. Plus, after the first day home, he has understood that he is not to pee in the house. He still pees on tires ( a HUGE pet peeve with me) but, that really is a commentary on my training ability. He wants to mount every bitch he comes in contact with which drives me crazy. But, I think he will settle with more time and supervision from me. He just needs to learn his limits. It is my job to teach him those limits.
Thankfully, the Vet clinic was very nice when I cancelled his appointment. I know all of the pros and cons of neutering. I have weighed them heavily in my mind. But, after mulling it over, I think I have made the right decision. Plus, I love my Kilt bitch so much and he is the last of the unneutered males from her two litters. And, if I truly decide to neuter him, I can easily collect him (just in case) I change my mind about breeding. So there, I feel much better now :0)
Okay, that's a load off my mind.
Champ says, "THANKS a lot Mom!"
Now, the next question is whether to give heart worm medicine or not. I am mulling this one over in my mind. I bought like $150 of Revolution heart worm medicine and I can't seem to bring myself to put it on my dogs. I tested all of my dogs this year and they all tested negative for heart worm. I haven't seen but one mosquito in all 4 times we have to Sequim. I know it only takes one mosquito, but healthy dogs usually don't have a problem with heart worm. It's not endemic here and in Sequim like it is on the east coast. I don't like to poison my dogs. It's toxic. God knows what it does to their immune systems. Trying to be responsible.
Difficult decision (at least it is for me)