I bought Cash as a puppy when I started training puppies. I’d learned all sorts of puppy theories, and thought I needed to put them to the test. Boy, did that change my puppy training techniques! Theory is always great, but not always practical. Cash was an easy puppy, and I still had to find new ways of doing things!
As Cash grew, I worked extensively with him to build trust, confidence, and ensure I could put him in any situation. Combined with his natural happy-go-lucky nature, he now works with my with many dog-aggression cases, remaining cheerful and carefree even when other dogs are lunging at him. Eventually, he becomes all the aggressive dogs’ best friend! He’s partially retired now, taking on only the cases Doc can’t yet handle.
I left him intact as long as possible, until a cancer scare at 8 years old ensured I snipped him! I wanted to test out all the theories people tell about intact dogs, and I’m glad I left him intact for all that time. He is my walking proof that just because a dog hasn’t been fixed doesn’t mean they’re going to be aggressive, pee on things, or be otherwise problematic. Though some things can be solved by neutering or spaying, it isn’t an excuse for bad behavior!
Cash has aged from a rambunctious young man to a rambunctious old man! He still referees the boarders, sits quietly with the fear aggressive dogs until they’re less fearful, and lets me know whenever there’s a problem. (“Mom! Mom! Someone’s trying to get on the counter!”) He also plays “daddy” whenever younger dogs come to board, and he’s an excellent “father figure”! Most dogs end up cuddling with him… though he gets hot, and looks awfully mournful about it!