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    Default Help Please De-sexing Has Changed My Puppy

    Two weeks ago I had my 11 month old Rottie de-sexed and I am amazed at how much she has changed since being de-sexed. She had been a perfect puppy and very good at basic obedience.

    Now she is like a wild animal. She chews, digs, pulls on walks, barks and just wants to play 24 hours a day.
    She still responds to training but now is easily distracted and has lost her focus we had worked so hard to get

    I hope this is just a puppy phase she is going through.

    Has this happened to anyone else????

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    It wouldn't have anything too do with the de-sexing. And you haven't changed anything in anyway since?
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    I suggest speaking to your vet but I have never really heard of this phenomena.
    Myf is a vet nurse so her comments should be taken well into consideration.

    I echo..any changes? People moving in/out, changes in diet/routine. Are YOU stressed and it could be transmitting to your dog?

    I hope you find some answers.

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    The only change I can think of is that we are now using food rewards for training and in the past we studiply attended a chocker chain obedience school. We changed obedience schools 2 weeks before the de-sexing though. The only other change is that I spent 5 days home with her after the surgery but I spent 6 weeks home with her only 10 weeks ago.
    (The joys of being a teacher) We saw no change in her behaviour during my 6 weeks home with her.
    She is still well behaved but we just have to be stricter with her. She just has 5 times more energy.
    I have just thought of another change. We now feed her wet food in the morning and dry food at night.

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    Who knows what goes on in a doggy mind. Maybe she does not like the food change?
    I have had one desexed 2 weeks ago too and another about a month ago with no changes in behaviour.
    I feel for you.

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    I think that what you are going through with her is normal tbh. I assume that after desexing you kept her as quiet as possible, so she has built up excess energy which she's now releasing. Also by going back to work she's left on her own, so probably sleeps all day, YOU are the one that is there to entertain her when you get home!

    Also remember she's getting bigger and her energy levels will naturally go up, just be careful about balancing exercise against not putting pressure on her bone growth.

    All pups go through a naughty stage, sounds like she's just hit hers!

    I truly don't think that her behaviour is anything to go with being desexed.

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    I agree with Myf and others who have stated that de-sexing has nothing to do with her change of behaviour - well...not directly anyway.

    A de-sexed dog will not always require the same level of protein or energy as an entire dog. I hope the vet spoke to you about your feeding regime?

    If you look hard enough, you may be able to pinpoint the real reason her behaviour has changed, which could b a mixture of many things.

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    I second GAG. And also, your girl is also full on in her teenage phase.... With our girl we had times where she was so naughty and forgot everything she had learned. She tested boundaries. A few weeks later she was an angel again and so on Stopped with about 20 months of age....

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    I noticed a change in Max when he got done but it wasn't to do with obedience, and he has always pulled on walks.

    Anyway, we noticed a sudden change in his weight, he was practically on the verge of being over weight. We had been feeding him the same amount of food, no more no less, but he did become unactive for quite some time. Mum contacted the vets and they told us that when dogs are de-sexed they become uninterested in physical activities and can become lazy. De-sexing not only stops your dog from being able to have pups, but calms them down - this supposably means that the dog only becomes interested in some things..

    We were told to cut down his food, even if it meant half a cup instead of one and taking him for longer walks. This way he keeps the weight down.

    And this was the change we had in Max.

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    We had an aussie bulldog that was perfect for the first 6-8mths of life!! After that the chewing and destructivness started. Mack would go through Phases though, right up till the day we lost him, where you could have something in the ground for months, then all of a sudden you wake up in the morning to it totally destroyed, then be perfect again!! Mack I think was spitefull though lol, just like a teenager, it would be usually the girls toys or hubby's ear muffs were a favourite LOL. I hope she settles down for you though xx

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