Should I have my German Shepherd dog neutered?

Having a dog neutered: Does the dog's behavior also change?

When neutering your dog, you should also consider the effects it will have on the dog's behavior. Because the surgical removal of the genital organs does not only bring about physical changes, but also has a decisive influence on the dog's psyche and social behavior.

Owners of male dogs in particular sometimes see castration as a last resort. Aggressive, instinct-driven and restless behavior, which is controlled by the sex hormone testosterone, should be prevented by castration. In fact, the neutered male will behave rather calmly when encountering a bitch in heat and also let the competitive behavior towards other potent males be. You will rarely see howling, barking or attempting to escape because of his sex drive.

However, it is a mistake to believe that the male becomes generally more sociable after a castration. After all, castration only affects behavior related to sex hormones.

Aggressive behavior that can be traced back to inadequate and incorrect upbringing or incorrect dog ownership will not prevent neutering either. After all, the dog does not learn obedience through an operation. If you have problems with your male dog, you should first find out where the aggressions of your four-legged friend come from.

Only if the aggressive behavior is directly related to the sex drive can a remedy be found in having your dog neutered. Castration is certainly not suitable to remedy general behavioral disorders such as territorial aggression or relationship disorders.

Incidentally, the so-called hypersexuality of a male, which manifests itself in climbing various objects and copulatory movements, is not a reason for castration. With consistent training measures and a lot of physical activity, you can train your dog off this behavior.