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We will soon be neutering our Male V (breeder contract and also need him to be able to be in certain boarding situations that won’t allow him). He’s 18 months. Quite suddenly over the past month he’s displaying a LOT of leash aggression- not toward people but toward other dogs, the usual aggressive lunging, with hair on end, “I want to rip your throat out” behavior. Off leash he is a primarily submissive and has great dog social skills. We are patiently training the leash aggression issue as I am fully aware that behavior issues require training and that neutering is not a fix. However, I can’t help but wonder if anyone has noticed a change in their males regarding this issue after neuter. Did anyone notice their dogs become less reactionary? Behavior issues are trainable, but testosterone is testosterone after all.
 

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My boys are not neutered, but i have several friends in our dock diving sport circuits whose dogs are spayed / neutered and heavily leash reactive. The interesting thing is that similar to what you are describing they mostly seem to be perfect angels and get along with other dogs off leash, but they tolerate only the ones when on leash which they have known for years.
One of the spayed females (super sweet dog, i love her a lot) has known Bende for 4 years, she is around 5-6 years old. We started dock diving together and we traveled to long distances in one car, had Bende lead her thru a crazy busy big arena across multiple dogs etc. So Bende can be around her any time even when she is on leash. When she sees me from the distance regardless of me walking alone or having one of my boys, she gets a big smile on her face and pulls her owners down the road to get to me and just be with me. When Miksa came along as puppy, first she was a bit hesitant, but we made her sniff him and she figured he is from the same pack and since then fine with him too even on leash.
Just sharing this experience, for me it tells that is way more complex issue than just hormones kicking in.
 

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My Vizsla, Bode is 3 1/2 and I would say he became reactive at about 1 year old. He had already been neutered, so I don't think that has anything to do with it. I have no explanation for why it started. It has been a BIG problem for me because I am a little person and when Bode reacts, he barks, lunges, and can pull the leash right out of my hands. Therefore, I use a canine bridle (like a gentle leader), so that I can control him better. I am in my seventh week of a reactive dog online course. It is a lot of work and after working with him all these weeks, I am still not comfortable walking him where we will see other dogs. On the other hand, we go off leash hiking every day and he has never reacted when off leash. Basically, the instructor has given us tools to get the dog to give his attention to you and not to the distraction. Good luck and if you have any success with this behavior, please send me some advice!
 

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My boy Reggie is neutered, goes to day care and is well socialised with friends dogs. He reacts badly when on leash If he sees another dog but off leash no issue. Unfortunately while I’m aware he means no harm when he reacts in this way other people understandably are reluctant to get close. I’m tempted to say it escalated a little after he was neutered but my husband disagrees so who knows. I’m presently working hard to distract, treat and reward no reaction but it’s hard going. Apart from this trait he is the best dog ever so I’ll keep an eye on the thread in case I’m missing something.
 
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