4 year old border collie got neutered yesterday, he’s doing fine today. He still…

4 year old border collie got neutered yesterday, he’s doing fine today. He still isn’t fully trained to walk on a leash. But for the past months hes gotten better. But I read that neautering him could help with training so he marks less and pays more attention to me. Is that true? or will it not help since he’s 4 and not a puppy? He also is aggressive to a dog that lives upstairs, he’s a male too. But that’s the only dog he acts like this towards. Why could that be and do you think that will stop? I know neutering is not a substitute for training. But I hope it will help a little cause if not I feel bad for neutering him. But I think it’s good for his health.

Also, will it help to stop humping us and dogs he meets?

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5 years ago

it *can* help with marking, but you’ll still need to train him.  humping is also a training issue.  you need to make him understand that humping is not acceptable behavior…and having let him get away with it for however long means you’ve got a bit of work ahead of you.  good luck.

as an aside – dog aggression isn’t generally linked to being intact.  he may simply not tolerate that particular dog.

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5 years ago

don’t let him near the window. work on reactivity training with a behaviorist. i am sorry but i am not a dog trainer and do not feel comfortable telling you how to train your dog.

Catherine Pepe
5 years ago

As Laura said, a lot of dominance and marking is a learned behavior. Neutering helps calm the hormones that aggravate the behaviors. I had the marking with a cat and just had to let him outside even though I wanted to keep him an indoor cat. He already developed that behavior before I got him from the rescue. As far as a dog, in a litter there is always humping even with female dogs on other dogs. It is a dominance thing. If you see him trying you can call his name and maybe squirt him with water to connect… Read more »

Catherine Pepe
5 years ago

Absolutely! When you walk make him sit side by side with you. Give him a treat when he listens. Then begin walking and say his name, when he looks at you and sees you have a treat at your waist level and looks at you treat him…then quickly walk the opposite way…he will break his interest in his thoughts and pulling and begin focusing on you and where you are taking him. Whenever he begins pulling, change direction and when you say his name and he looks you eye to eye treat him. Also walking around the house with him… Read more »