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I love my two dogs like they were my own children. My husband likes the dogs...

I grew up with the mentality that my dogs are part of my family, they are memebers, they can be anywhere I can be, bed, couch, inside, etc... and my parents have always had very healthy happy dogs.

My husband grew up with, "a pet is fun but is kept outside"... a dog is just a dog and is in no way, shape or form, part of your family. Its mainly a tool used on a farm and is only kept outside, it is not allowed, whatever the temperature, inside. I should also mention he is VERY against having a dog nuetured.

I had Dixie spayed around 6 months of age. It was a laser spay (most amazing procedure ever! Healing time was so minimal and there is no scar now!) and she is quite content now. I have been arguing with him for months to get Stonewall nuetered. But he thinks it'll make his dog overweight, and lazy. He thinks the dog won't reach his full growing potential. I have shown him articles and argued til I was blue in the face and he just can't be convinced otherwise. Now the dog is a year and a few months old and marks EVERYTHING.

This bothers the hell out of me. We have had our bassets for over a year now. I have made compromises and he has made hardly any. When they were puppies they were allowed inside to play with us and to sleep and stuff, but as soon as they became dogs and we moved into a rent house they became outside dogs. I hated this. This winter I finally convince my DH that they were cold and could at least sleep in the laundry room with a baby gate keeping them there.

My husband is gone for sometimes a few months at a time due to his job and I was allowing the dogs in the house while he was gone. But Stone is marking everything in the house too! Now even if I do just let him in at night he marks the laundry room! I've used odo-ban to rid the smell and nuetralize it but its not helping. I brought up to my DH again, nuetering the dog to help resolve the issue but his reply is, "women, always trying to chop the balls off something." Its so frustrating- to the point of tears that he won't side with me.

Don't get me wrong, I love my husband to death and our 2 dogs would not be enough to break us apart. Our marriage is very strong but this is really our biggest issue. This is the one thing that we argue over the most and that is just kinda sad. :( perhaps I came here because I know most people will agree with me?(or so I hope).

I just needed to vent, sorry this is long winded.
 

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Your Husband attitude is an ignorant one. Meaning, he needs to be educated on the reasons FOR neutering. Have you considered having your Veternarian talk with him. Maybe if he hears it from him or her he will see things differently??

I love my two dogs like they were my own children. My husband likes the dogs...

I grew up with the mentality that my dogs are part of my family, they are memebers, they can be anywhere I can be, bed, couch, inside, etc... and my parents have always had very healthy happy dogs.

My husband grew up with, "a pet is fun but is kept outside"... a dog is just a dog and is in no way, shape or form, part of your family. Its mainly a tool used on a farm and is only kept outside, it is not allowed, whatever the temperature, inside. I should also mention he is VERY against having a dog nuetured.

I had Dixie spayed around 6 months of age. It was a laser spay (most amazing procedure ever! Healing time was so minimal and there is no scar now!) and she is quite content now. I have been arguing with him for months to get Stonewall nuetered. But he thinks it'll make his dog overweight, and lazy. He thinks the dog won't reach his full growing potential. I have shown him articles and argued til I was blue in the face and he just can't be convinced otherwise. Now the dog is a year and a few months old and marks EVERYTHING.

This bothers the hell out of me. We have had our bassets for over a year now. I have made compromises and he has made hardly any. When they were puppies they were allowed inside to play with us and to sleep and stuff, but as soon as they became dogs and we moved into a rent house they became outside dogs. I hated this. This winter I finally convince my DH that they were cold and could at least sleep in the laundry room with a baby gate keeping them there.

My husband is gone for sometimes a few months at a time due to his job and I was allowing the dogs in the house while he was gone. But Stone is marking everything in the house too! Now even if I do just let him in at night he marks the laundry room! I've used odo-ban to rid the smell and nuetralize it but its not helping. I brought up to my DH again, nuetering the dog to help resolve the issue but his reply is, "women, always trying to chop the balls off something." Its so frustrating- to the point of tears that he won't side with me.

Don't get me wrong, I love my husband to death and our 2 dogs would not be enough to break us apart. Our marriage is very strong but this is really our biggest issue. This is the one thing that we argue over the most and that is just kinda sad. :( perhaps I came here because I know most people will agree with me?(or so I hope).

I just needed to vent, sorry this is long winded.[/b]
 

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The medical benefits for nuetering are far less than for spaying a female. Behavioral issues like wandering, aggression and marking are general more compelling arguments. However, nuetering only successfully resolves around 50% of marking cases in unnueter males.
You may want and try something like Mark-out

Effects of Spaying and Neutering on Canine Behavior
"Urine Marking in the House
Reduced in 50% of cases
Rapid reduction in 20%
Gradual reduction in 30%" (Fogle, 1990, p. 53)"
 

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This could explain why I'm single, but why don't you take the dog to the vet while your husband is away on one of his trips and have it taken care of? If dogs are indeed just lawn ornaments to him, will he care much once the deed has been done? (You can even look into getting those fake testicles, so your husband wouldn't even have to know the dog had been fixed!) (I'm very much like you--dogs are part of the family--but I must say I'm most bothered by the fact that your husband has no problem spaying a female, but refuses to have a male neutered!)
 

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You're a better woman than I. If it were my issue, the husband would be gone and I'd be sleeping with my two babies instead of him. I wish you the best. Maybe something will fall on his head and he'll come to his senses.

Good luck!
 

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Next time your husband takes a long trip out of town, just go ahead and get Stonewall neutered. Meanwhile, here on CyberHound, we'll get a pool going as to how long it'll take your husband to actually notice, once he gets home! ;) :D
 

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I'm with Betsy and Lightning and Stomps. Go for it while he's out of town. Betcha he'll never figure it out.
 

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Take the Basset to the vet when you choose and if your marriage breaks up over that then you did not have a very strong one to begin with. I am a straight to the point man................
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You guys have definitely given me a good chuckle! Betsy Iole, I especially love the idea of taking a pool. LOL!! :lol:

I'd really rather do it without sneaking around my husbands back and I think I've nagged the issue enough we will get it done in a month or so...

I really don't see what the big issue is having the dogs inside... He hasn't been home in over a month now (I go to see him), he'd never even know the dogs had been living inside (aside from the marking :rolleyes: ).

Please, Please, Don't get me wrong. I'm definitely not insulting my husbands love for animals (- matter of fact he's one of the best cattlemen I know) Nor, am I insulting his intelligence -he's a flippin' genius. This is really our only issue! We have been arguing over the dogs since day one and it just sort of like politics sometimes - its just a subject better left to lay with us. Agreeing to disagree I suppose.

uggghhh, just so frustrating!!
 

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Betsy - LANC funny!!!

We had Softie done a few months back - his temperament is true to his name now...he just wants to cuddle...
 

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I must say I'm most bothered by the fact that your husband has no problem spaying a female, but refuses to have a male neutered!)[/b]
The Risk factors miotigated by early are much stronger for Females than males. In particular mamary cancer which is one of the most common cancer in bitches.
Mammary tumor. Specifically, dogs spayed before their first heat have 0.5 percent the risk of intact female dogs, and dogs spayed after just one heat cycle have 8 percent the risk.[1] The tumors are often multiple. The average age of dogs with mammary tumors is ten to eleven years old.[4] Obesity at one year of age and eating red meat have also been associated with an increased risk for these tumors,[5] as has the feeding of high fat homemade diets.[6]

The health benefits in nuetering males is not so clear cut, eEspecial early. The most of the clear benefits are behavioral changes but those benefits seem to occur regardless the age of the dog when the surgery was performed.

see

Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete : One Veterinarian’s Opinion
Chris Zink DVM, PhD, DACVP

Rebuttal to “Early Spay-Neuter Considerations for the Canine Athlete”
Lisa M Howe, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS Associate Professor, Small Animal Surgery Co-Chief
Surgical Sciences Sect Dept of Vet Small Animal Clinical Sci
College of Vet Med and Biom Sciences Texas A&M Univ College Station TX 77843



In this case marking behavior is improved/eliminated 50% of the time by nuetering, thereby making a strong case for doing so. However in cases lacking a behavioral problem associated with intacted males there is not a clear cut advantage or disadvantage to nuetering regardless of age, Learned, knowledgable people will certainly disagree when making risk assements, Of course this is all based on current knowledge. As often happen new research can dramatically change all that.
 
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