Neutering vs. training conundrum!

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So Mooncake just turned 5 months old on 7/18. I absolutely will be having him neutered, but I had wanted to wait until he was at least 1. But I also want him to go to day school, it's a 5 days a week month long school with our amazing trainer, and he can start once he's 6 months old. But he would have to be neutered. Which I get, no one wants their dog coming home from school pregnant! I've read all the health risks that might be caused by neutering him early, and I'm very nervous about his hips, particularly.  But he really needs to be trained much better than I am capable of. I believe he willbe very difficult for me to handle without professional training, he's a stubborn brat when he wants to be. Has anyone neutered early and had regrets or something bad happen because of it? Because if it's just that he may end up tall/lanky, that's fine. I'm just worried about something that would negatively affect his health later on.

I would personally look for some other option than sending him out for training - any trainer who is advocating neutering a 6 month old puppy is sadly out of touch with the recommeded schedule for neutering.  The medical issues you could deal with due to neutering too young far outweigh the good. 

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I talked to him yesterday, and he said neutering by 9 months is required. So we can do a month of school starting in September, before he is that age. We can get some training done, then go back for more if he needs it (which I doubt he will) once he's older. 

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I agree with Fitzmar - I would not neuter him at 6 months, but would rather wait til 18 months, when his growth plates have closed.

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I think he will learn enough in the month of training that he won't have to go back, so we will be able to wait until he's 18 months to neuter. Once he gets all the basics down, I can work with him. It's just too easy to get frustrated trying to handle him and a toddler. We get to do things during nap time, but I can't take him out to work on leash stuff, so that's our biggest issue currently. And he's not as quick to learn as Dobie or Paris were, and I am realizing that my expectations are unreasonably high. He is extremely friendly, though. He will lick the cats until they get annoyed and ditch him!

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You have the rest of his life to work with phenomenal trainers who care about the whole dog, but you can't undo a neuter. I agree with Fitzmar that I would look elsewhere for a trainer. You have to be your dog's advocate.

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Update- he still isn't neutered and is very well trained, so everything worked out great! 

Glad to hear it - much better to neuter a little later. 

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Update- he still isn't neutered and is very well trained, so everything worked out great! 

 

Well trained until a female in heat comes around...

 

Not suggesting that training can't be done but...