Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Strongsville, Ohio
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I have a nine month old male Havanese. He is my first dog that has not been a rescue so I decided to show him for fun. His first show at six months and one day old he won a major, his second show at seven month he won another major. I have shown him a total of three shows, the third show he won two ribbons but did not get any points. There are several shows in my area this summer I wanted to take him to and I was even hoping to show him at the Nationals in North Carolina.
The last show I took him to about a month ago, he started lifting his leg in the hotel room. He than started lifting his leg in the house when we returned home. I called my breeder and she said start housebreaking over again like when he was a puppy. He was either in his playpen or attached to me so I could supervise him. After a day and a half of yelling "no" everytime he lifted his leg and praising him when he lifted his leg outside, he quit peeing in the house. However, he pees all over everywhere else, during obedience class, pees all over at the indoor puppy play and peed in the hotel room when we went on a trip two weeks ago.
My rescue dogs were all neutered by five months and never lifted their leg anywhere other than outdoors. I wanted to wait to get his Championship and than neuter him, hopefully by the end of summer, but I am worried that he will mark everywhere if I wait to neuter him. I love to take him everywhere with me, friend's houses, the nursing home to visit, hotels, but he is not a welcome guest when he pees everywhere.
If I wait six months to neuter him will it be that much more difficult to curb his lifting of his leg everywhere. I would love to get his Championship, but he is a pet first and I want to be able to take him everywhere as a welcome guest.
I am torn, any advise? Is there anyone out there that has a pet that they also show? If so, how do you deal with the unneutered male syndrome? I know, ideally, if I had not decided to show him, it would have been best to neuter him before this even started but it's to late for that now.
Thanks for any advise you can give.