I have a male dog that is half Yorkshire Terrier and half Basenji. A week after he turned six months old (last week) I had him neutered. The doctor said I had to keep the dog from running for 10 days following the procedure. This dog loves to run. He weighs 16 pounds. Anyway, this has meant that aside from when I take him for a walk on a very short leash, he has to be confined to his crate (which he feels very comfortable in normally).
I have five more days of this to deal with. The dog is now biting us when we try to attach his leash to his collar. He has never been a biter. He was always a very affectionate and kind dog. Now he's turned into Cujo.
I understand that dogs don't like being caged and that this might be normal for the time being. But I thought one of the benefits of neutering was that it calmed the dog down. Is what is going on in this case normal for the confinement period, and if so, once he is allowed to run free will his behavior improve? Or am I looking at a long-term problem now?
He is on his normal diet, by the way. There is no issue I'm aware of there.
Thank you for any help,
EH
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I have five more days of this to deal with. The dog is now biting us when we try to ... He has never been a biter. He was always a very affectionate and kind dog. Now he's turned into Cujo.

Mental exercise should help. Teach him a trick or three.
He is on his normal diet, by the way. There is no issue I'm aware of there.

There can be, actually. A hotter food (higher protein and fat) will give the dog more energy. Conversely, a food with less protein and fat will give the dog less energy. Hint.
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My question was not about diet. I was merely trying to express that aside from the neutering and the subsequent confinement, his diet was NOT a factor, as far as I am concerned. We followed the doctor's instructions on feeding and watering for the few days following the procedure.
So go get back to my original question, is the dog's behavior likely due to the extended period of confinement, or is such behavior normal following such a procedure?
Thank you,
EH
My question was not about diet. I was merely trying to express that aside from the neutering and the subsequent ... as I am concerned. We followed the doctor's instructions on feeding and watering for the few days following the procedure.

Melinda gave you good advice - that energy in equates to energy out.
So go get back to my original question, is the dog's behavior likely due to the extended period of confinement, or is such behavior normal following such a procedure?

It's not necessarily normal. And dogs don't as a rule hate crates, as you mentioned in your first post. Again, it sounds like an excess of energy.
Talk to your vet about activities your dog can safely do. This may involve walks on leash - which, by their nature, will have to be significantly longer than walks off leash in order to wear out an apparently energetic dog.

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The vet wants the dog sedentary to give the sutures time to heal. After the
7 to 10 day period they will be removed and the dog can resume normalactivity. The little fella will calm down eventually.
My question was not about diet. I was merely trying ... feeding and watering for the few days following the procedure.

Melinda gave you good advice - that energy in equates to energy out.

I agree as well. Your dog's diet may have been fine before the procedure when he was able to burn off energy but post-surgery with subsequent confinement and only on-leash walking may not be enough to burn off excess energy. Try to find activities that will accommodate his post-surgery requirements and still allow him to burn off some energy. Both Melinda and Matt gave good suggestions. Best of luck - - Les
I have a male dog that is half Yorkshire Terrier and half Basenji. A week after he turned six months ... He has never been a biter. He was always a very affectionate and kind dog. Now he's turned into Cujo.

Be calm. Be matter-of-fact. Don't make a big deal out of affixing his leash.
If you're 5 days into this already, he can be out of his crate for longer periods (maybe in confined quarters, like in a small room), IMO, if you keep an eye on him, and don't let him get all worked up. If you stay quiet, calm and relaxed, the chances are pretty good that your dog will, too. And then when he's calm and relaxed, attach his leash and take him for short walks.
I understand that dogs don't like being caged and that this might be normal for the time being. But I thought one of the benefits of neutering was that it calmed the dog down.

Not exactly. But it will take a while for his testosterone levels to diminish.
Is what is going on in this case normal for the confinement period, and if so, once he is allowed to run free will his behavior improve? Or am I looking at a long-term problem now?

Again, I don't think you need to keep him in his crate as much as you're doing, which is probably contributing to his current behavior. You're already 5 days into this, and if you keep a close eye on him, stay calm and relaxed, etc., you should be able to allow him outside of his crate for longer periods.
But call your vet and explain your situation to him first, and go by what your vet tells you. But ask him if you can allow him out of his crate for longer periods, too.
No, you won't have any long-term problems, provided you begin with OBEDIENCE TRAINING as soon as he's cleared by your vet.
He is on his normal diet, by the way. There is no issue I'm aware of there.

Contrary to the advice of others, I wouldn't mess with his diet right now. That could create even further "problems," if you know what I mean. To change it correctly, you'd need to change it very gradually, over a week or more, so any potential benefit from doing that would almost certainly be too late in coming.
Anyway, good luck with your new pup!

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Mental exercise should help. Teach him a trick or three.

Warning: Be very careful when you do that.
For example, don't teach him to jump into the deep end of a swimming pool and fetch a bowling bowl right now, which, of course, some people might be tempted to do if they weren't warned not to.

I.e., it could be dangerous for the dog.
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Have you checked the incision to make sure it's not inflamed. It could be he is in pain an is reacting the only way he knows by biting.

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