Sunday, March 04, 2007

Ix-nay on the Ip-snay (for now)

I have changed my mind on neutering the dog so early. I mentioned to a fellow Newf puppy owner that we were going to get the deed done, and she mentioned some things that gave me pause. Specifically, she said the advice she'd gotten said that the physical development that may be adversely affected isn't just a matter of appearances. It's potentially a matter of orthopedic health as well. Well, I'm spooked enough by the thought of dysplasia that it caused me to reconsider. I posted a question about it over on newf.net and got some references to lots of opinions, including this article from a vet, which made me think really hard about how obnoxious K's behavior has really been.

So I consulted w/my vet about it, and his opinion was that the most important factor in bone development is nutrition, but if we wanted to put off the neuter until 12 months or so, it seemed reasonable to him. So that's what we'll do. I think I'll try to wait until 18 months actually & just watch his behavior. If it gets too too bad, I'll do it earlier.

In other news, we've tested out leaving K alone unattended again (we went back to heavy crating after he gouged the drywall) and so far, so good. I suppose it may be that he doesn't like the taste of the spackle as much as the drywall. Either way, the walls look pretty decent.

(Daughter Annelise had an excellent suggestion for getting Kodos to stop chewing the walls. When we put a plate down for him to lick off after dinner, he invariably eats everything on it except for any stray pieces of lettuce. A's thought was that we should cover the walls with lettuce b/c K obviously doesn't like the taste of it. Hah!)

4 comments:

Nanook The Newfoundland said...

Nanook is getting snipped on Wednesday...eeeeeeeeeee...

Roy said...

Oh man! Is that the reward for passing CGC!? No fair! ;-)

We will be crossing paws & fingers for Nanook on Weds. I'm sure he'll come through just fine...

Sophie Brador said...

Hey Roy,
Just happened upon your blog from Nanook's. Sorry to hear about your spackle. This too shall, as they say. Oh how I love puppies, and don't miss have a puppy at all, simultaneously. Sophie was crate training from puppy. She's now almost 8 and still loves her crate. She feels so comfy there that she's in there half the day, whether we're home or not. I hope your beastie takes to his the same way. It really does make life much easier.

Roy said...

Thanks! Kodos does not love his crate unfortunately, despite my efforts to make it a happy place. But he does go into it when told, so I can't complain too much.

I've actually just ordered him a new one--the one we had been using (a varikennel 500 equivalent) is just too small for him nowadays. The new one will be wire, which I'm hoping he likes better. Time will tell...

Oh, and he picked out another drywall corner to chew. :-[