Does my male dog need a mate for better/fuller life????
last updated 12th, May 2017,
I get atleast one call every other day,asking for a female mate from male dog owners."The dog has become very naughty,aggressive,dominant,,I want him to enjoy life,a vet has suggested that mating him would make him quiet,my cousin wants his puppy,or we do not want anything in return or we ourselves will pay money for his pleasure" etc..
I try here to explode a few myths with such a situation.Firstly, a dominant dog after an opportunity to mate will only strengthen his dominance and not become"quiet".A dog looks at the owner family as its pack members and the owner alfa male/female.In a pack there is strict order and hirarchy.Only alfa male/female get to mate,anybody else trying that is not tolarated and punished severely. Yet every dog/bitch tries to advance themselves.One to achieve mating is instantly alfa.That means he/she does not obey aneone,all others obey her/him.And it is his/her job now to punish their pack members who do not accept their authority,including u the owner. At the same time other pack members are perfectly happy without mating.The dominant dog now also has to guard the territory from other,and mark the territory with his urine at every prominant object in the house/garden,Any new object placed there must be pissed upon,including leg of unsuspecting visiter's legs.Dominance mounting on owner's legs will become more frequent. In short, u have worsened the situation.A dog howmuchever u love him, is a dog and will think like one.It is the owner who should learn to think like a dog,to make the assosiation pleasant for both.Sterilising him can be an option.
One thing I simply unable to understand the preference for a male dog by most first dog owners.There r more advantages with a female than a male dog.Firstly no scent marking excepect for a week every 6 mo.That too can be masked by a spray called "SHE", or similar available in petshops.No embrassing mounting attempts on guests... and a shed sweeter temperament,lesser runaway tendencies.