abstracthopes asked:

Just curious, why don't you plan to neuter max?

Disclosure: This is one of those questions, no matter what I say, some people will not agree with me and that’s fine; but since you asked, I’m asking to respect the fact that I took the time to answer and I know that not everyone shares my opinion on this matter.

1. Reproduction is one of the biggest reasons vets and breeders convince people to spay/neuter their dogs and with so many poor animals in shelters, who can blame them? But I know I am a responsible dog owner, who will make sure there is not an unwanted pregnancy. We are actually not planning to breed Max at all, for those concerned about dogs in need of homes.
2. People who say your dog will develop behavioral problems are obviously not good dog handlers. If you properly train your dog, it will most likely not have any issues and resorting to neutering in hope that it’ll fix a behavior problem just seems a bit silly. If Maxen does, at any point of his life, develop aggression towards dogs/people (which is not a problem IMO), I will gladly avoid dog parks, before I get him neutered.
3. If need be and there’s some health concern that calls for neutering, I will absolutely not hesitate to do so. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Note: Our vets and breeder agree with me and I was very clear about this with breeders when I was looking for a puppy.
Like I said, I am not opposed to it, it is just not something we choose to do with our dogs, unless needed.

twobigears

prairiegsds:

I have listed here a few of the problems that I myself have personal knowledge of. Everything listed has happened either to me or someone I know. These are not isolated incidents. I’m sure other breeders could add miles to my list. Learn by others mistakes!. Let the breeding up to those who know what they are doing, have the experience, know what to expect.

The list that runs through my head every time someone asks if we’re going to breed GSDs.

We get asked if we’ll be breeding Max all the time, expecially when we tell people that we’re not planning to neuter him. I don’t think we’d ever get into dog breeding and I think this article lists every reason why we would be too nervous to do it. If anyone wants to start breeding dogs, they should have someone with a lot of experience show them how it’s done a few times to show them just how much work and effort goes into it and how many things can go wrong. I have witnessed a few dog breedings and births and let me tell you, it’s not a pretty sight and that’s assuming there are no complications. I would imagine it can be a pretty traumatizing experience to someone who doesn’t know what they’re going into. I hope this article discourages people from breeding just for the sake of doing it and to leave it up to those who have experience and know what they’re doing.
candidcanines

candidcanines:

kyleighandbali:

Why do people keep bringing their kids to the dog park? It’s a mother fucking D-O-G park not a playground. The sign says you have to be over 8 for a reason. I don’t want your brat near or touching my dog.

Yeah, I think children shouldn’t be allowed in a dog park. Ali and I…

Ugh, I hate it when I see toddlers in dog parks! One time, we went to a park in the city and there was a 2-3 year old running around, grabbing all the dogs’ tails and just trying to play with them while the mother just sat on a bench, looking everywhere, but her own kid. Finally, a Doberman knocked the kid on the ground (while the dog was running with other dogs, not to attack the kid) and he started crying. The mother casually strolled over and picked him up, checked to make sure he wasn’t hurt badly and told him to go back to playing. WTF?!?
lemonsthecorgi

lemonsthecorgi:

maxthecorgs:

So apperantly Max has jealousy issues, because when I pet other dogs, he just recently started growling at them, which is something he never does in any other situations.
I don’t know if it’s jealousy or signs possesiveness yet, but definitely something I have to start working on right away.

Really interested in the responses you get about this, because Lemons sometimes does this (to a lesser degree) and it’s definitely a concern.

I’ll try and find some info online later, will tag you if I find anything useful

So apperantly Max has jealousy issues, because when I pet other dogs, he just recently started growling at them, which is something he never does in any other situations.
I don’t know if it’s jealousy or signs possesiveness yet, but definitely something I have to start working on right away.
This is not a behavior I want him to ever display, we want kids in the future and who know if we’ll decide to get another dog at some point. He’s usually fine with Sushi (our cat) being pet, but I’ve noticed him trying to divert the attention to himself recently.
I am making a mental note to be more aware of this and not let him get his way.