Sweet happy fun loving poodle, personality completely changed after neuter.....common?
Has anyone ever seen this happen?
I'm not saying the neuter caused this, I'm just trying to figure out what might have caused this.
Okay so I know this poodle and have worked with the poodled, cared for this poodle on multiple occaisions. In other words I know this poodle well.
He went in at about 7 months of age to get neutered. Before that he was always a very social dog, always wagging his tail. Happy. Friendly towards all dogs and all people.
Well he got neutered and I quickly saw a change in his personality. He wasn't nearly as friendly as he used to be. He wasn't as trusting of people. He would growl at people more. He started fights with other dogs, including other dogs in the home. (And my dogs too, he was a playmate of theirs but my dogs no longer play with him for their safety and to be quite honest his, My Terrier if she got ahold of him could really hurt him, she had never been in a fight and I would like to keep it that way).
This happened almost immediately after the surgery, at first when they brought him home and he started biting at them that day, we assumed it was due to pain.
Well they got him in training classes he had and he did okay at first but he was a bit fearful, which wasn't his personality. He didn't care for the trainer at all but they pushed on. He got a bit better toward people but toward other dogs he got worse and worse. Until finally the trainer asked them to leave because he was causing too many problems in class. But offered to do private training.
So they did that for awhile and he got better and he started trusting other dogs again but he would still start fights and whats worse he started growling at every human he saw outside he owners.
this dog was very well socialized to begin with. Lived in a home with 2 children 8 and 13. Both kids have always been wonderful and go to all training classes with all their dogs. He lives in a home with 2 other dogs. They take him to visit friends and family and other dogs.
But he just keeps getting worse.
He is a year old now (well actually close to 16 months ) and he hasn't been the same happy go lucky, friendly dog he started as since he went in that day for the neuter. Could something have happened at the vets office before he went under or after he came too that might have started this behavior?
Could it be the neuter that caused this behavior?
They have been working with a behaviorist the last 4 months. Small progress has been made. He has never been abused or hit or even yelled at really.
He has been in the most loving home he could be in. He was with his mother until this family took him. The woman that bred him was going to have him put down, he was a runt that no one wanted so they took him in for free actually they got him the day the woman brought him up to the vets to be put down.
Worse thing is they are having to make a decision whether to keep him or not and they don't think they can, he snapped at their older daughter unprovoked the other day, she just came in the room and he came at her.
Instead of putting him down the behaviorist is willing to take him in and continue working with him and possibly rehome in to a better situation for him. Which they are most likely going to do.
But what could have caused this behavior shift?