SDWR does not spay or neuter our Service Dogs in Training prior to 12 months of age. Spaying or neutering a dog too early can cause lifelong issues with the dog’s joints and overall health. A dog’s growth plates typically close between 10-12 months of age but for larger breeds, this can take longer. Waiting until the dog is full grown, sometimes 18-24 months, lessens health risks even more.
RAISERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SPAY OR NEUTER SDWR SERVICE DOGS.
If you are having behavioral issues, such as mounting, marking or dominance, here are some tips to help manage the Service Dog in Training:
- Mounting: Tethering helps a lot to correct this issue quickly. Mostly other dogs will correct this behavior but not always. Having a leash attached to get and quickly correct each time, will help lessen this behavior. A verbal correction (AhAh or No or Leave it) with the leash correction helps to eliminate the need for tethering after a few weeks of consistency.
- Marking: For a male, they need several (4 or more) opportunities to mark (urinate) each time they are taken out to potty. They also need more frequent potty break opportunities. Ensure that you are giving enough opportunities and time to fully urinate each time. If you are taking the dog into a new place, such as someone’s home, it is best to keep a leash on the dog to prevent marking on any previous potty accidents that may have occurred at that location. Pet Stores are another one to keep a close eye on the dog due to more frequent potty accidents by other dogs.
- Dominance: Dogs are natural dominant or submissive. Some are more dominant than others and at times, sexual maturity and hormones play a role in increased dominance. Having a leash attached to get and quickly correct each time, will help lessen this behavior. A verbal correction (AhAh or No or Leave it) with the leash correction helps to eliminate the need for tethering after a few weeks of consistency.
Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, or SDWR, provides custom-trained service dogs for invisible disabilities such as Autism, Diabetes, PTSD, and Seizure Disorders. If you have any other questions about our Service Dog Raiser Program please visit our FAQ page. For more information visit www.sdwr.org or call (540) 543-2307.