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Desexed German Shepherd highly strung and afraid of strangers

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Desexed German Shepherd highly strung and afraid of strangers

My male GSD was desexed at age 3. I was assured by the vet he would stop mounting other dogs but be just as protective. Two years later the opposite is true, and he is a highly strung dog afraid of strangers. This is a massive change in peronality. How can I get my old dog back?
Posted: 11/12/2007

ANSWER: Desexed German Shepherd
From my experience desexing helps suppress the natural dominance and sexual desires in a male, but it should not affect his personality at all. Mounting is often an expression of dominance, and does not just have a sexual explanation. Having desexed him @ 3 years means that the hormones were already flowing and it will take time to get it out of his system. I would recommend that you talk to your vet and also think of an event where the dog could have been frightened in the past, either by people or other creatures. Lack of socialisation or dog play - but something must have happened. Dogs learn by association. If need be speak to a specialist, as this is not enjoyable for you or the dog.
Posted: 11/12/2007

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