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Old 05-19-2007, 03:19 AM   #1
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I have two pups and are conscious that we need to get them desexed some time in the future. The Lagotto boy is 8 weeks and the Portuguese Water Dog girl is 16 weeks. The little boy has started 'humping' our girl ! I got a shock because I didn't think they started that young, but distracted him and he doesn't do it often .

Anyway, is it best to desex them at the same time? I know she will need more rest than him, but he can be rowdy with her and I'm worried about her recuperation if she's done and not him etc.

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I'm generally in favor of neutering a male between the ages of 5-7 months & a female between the ages of 7-9 months. I base my decisions on overall development of the dog or cat.

Both dogs will need extra attention during that time but I'm sure you recognize that. I'd decide this one based on what you feel your ability is to control/protect them from getting too rambunctious after the surgeries. As long as you can give them the time/attention to properly attend to them, in your case, I'd consider doing it at the same time as I think it is easier to keep both dogs calm at the same time rather than allowing them too much mingling.
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Hi I am not going to comment on what age you should have them done as I do not know these breeds well and I personally feel you would be better to talk to their breeders for advice about this.

I also do not believe in having a dog neutered except for medical reasons but that is only my opinion and you will get some who agree with this and some who don't.

However getting a dog nuetered only stops procreation it does not stop the sexual drive and therefore does not help with humping.
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It sounds to me like the question was more along the lines of whether they should both be operated on at the same time-to prevent one of them from bouncing around and inciting the other one to romp and play (and possibly open a surgical wound) rather than the age per se.
I do not have an answer sorry!
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Are your dogs crate trained? If so, you could more easily keep them confined after surgery & only allow one at a time out for some controlled exercise & to do their business. I wouldn't keep them totally confined (unless there was medical reasoning) but would strongly consider rotations of free time outside the crates.
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No, we haven't crate trained them because we work during the day and can't come home to take a break from the crate. They can be separated so I think that's what I might do just in case.

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