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When Drummer, a Bernese Mountain Dog, came to me for training he was about 5 months old.

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Drummer

His owner had already started doing obedience training and her goals were to pass AKC Canine Good Citizen and to socialize him with other dogs.

On his first day I didn’t push him too much. I gave him time to adjust to the environment, new people and of course to his new friends. Observing him I noticed that he was very playful and friendly but little bit dominate towards other dogs and he was * urine marking. .  This is was the only problem with Drummer but never the less very annoying.

His Mom regularly brought him for obedience training and by April, when he was 6 months old, he become an AKC Canine Good Citizen.

After his test he was scheduled for a *neutering.

Dogs are traditionally spayed or neutered when they‘re about 6 month old. Here are some reasons for this:

1.     The age of 6 month is at or slightly before the onset of sexual maturity.

2.     Dogs have almost reached their full adult height.

3.     The risk of anesthesia is minimal at this age

4.     Most dogs haven’t developed the abdominal fat that can cause complications in the surgical procedure.

*Urine marking is a normal, instinctive dog behavior, mostly in males but also sometimes in females. Like a lot of other natural dog behaviors, we need to modify it as one of the fascinating ways that humans and dogs learn to cooperate for rewarding lives together.

Probably the single most effective thing you can do to help your dog resist urine marking inside your home is to have your veterinarian neuter him prior to his forming this habit. At least one study has shown that neutering a dog at any age will help, so it seems that the testosterone of being intact plays a role in urine marking. In Drummer case it was a big help!

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Good Drummer

Now Drummer has no problems with marking. He is excellent at training and he loves to come and play with his fiends…

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