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 #2124189


Ammeratsu
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 Meet Kodiak

And so, I’ve named my puppy Kodiak(Kodi). Just figured he deserved a proper introduction, even though he’s been around here for 8 weeks.




I’m really enjoying this pup. He’s got a really long attention span for a puppy. I’ve been working with him on sit, down, and leave it. He’s doing really well! I started with sit and he now knows it by verbal command or by hand signs. Then down, which he picked up on very quickly. Not as automatic as sit, but still going very well. Yesterday I started him with leave it and he learend really quick. I’m impressed, and very happy with my choice.

Once it’s safe, I plan to bring this pup everywhere with me. During the summer, he’s going to come hiking with me, to all my horse shows, to dog parks, and to hang out with my friends.

So I’m excited



02/17/10  02:11pm

 #2124215


RubberDuckey273
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  Message To: Ammeratsu   In reference to Message Id: 2124189


 Meet Kodiak

aww, what a handsome young man! i’m glad to hear you got to keep a male like you wanted. raising animals up from birth is one of the most amazing and important experiences you can have!



02/17/10  03:45pm

 #2124246


LizaB2008
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  Message To: RubberDuckey273   In reference to Message Id: 2124215


 Meet Kodiak

Awsomeness ^^ lol. He is going to be a great dog, I’m saying this form experiance. The dogs you raise form birth are the dogs that turn out the best. Like the first 3 years of a human childs life are the most critical for learning, the same goes for a puppies first 8 weeks of life and you my friend have been one of the best teachers out there. Good luck with the little kodi bear can’t wait to hear all the new experiances and fun that are yet to come.



02/17/10  05:00pm

 #2124301


Bran421
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  Message To: LizaB2008   In reference to Message Id: 2124246


 Meet Kodiak

He is a cutie for sure! Cute name, it looks like it fits him too! I’m sure he will be your best friend for many years to come! Your doing great with him so far with training, I’m sure he will be very well behaved!

Just wondering, do you have plans to get him neutered at 6 months? Don’t want him mating with momma Rikka lol.



02/17/10  08:01pm

 #2124304


Ammeratsu
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  Message To: Bran421   In reference to Message Id: 2124301


 Meet Kodiak

Thanks guys! I’ve really enjoyed raising them, and I’m already so attached to little Kodi.

And Bran, I plan to get him neutered as soon as safely possible. I would have to shoot myself if he impregnated his mum.



02/17/10  08:07pm

 #2124308


Repfanatic
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  Message To: Ammeratsu   In reference to Message Id: 2124304


 Meet Kodiak

Good name and cute pup. Have fun with him.

My male was neutered at 12 weeks with no issues. In your situation I’d say the sooner the better.



02/17/10  08:12pm

 #2124325


Ammeratsu
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  Message To: Repfanatic   In reference to Message Id: 2124308


 Meet Kodiak

Yeah, I’m trying to find the earliest time that’s safe. I don’t want any freak accidents, with him being around an intact female.



02/17/10  08:47pm

 #2124354


Repfanatic
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  Message To: Ammeratsu   In reference to Message Id: 2124325


 Meet Kodiak

With males the surgery is less invasive and a lot easier for the vet to do. The testicles aren’t anywhere near any other organs, so there’s no danger of anything else being damaged during the surgery. As far as the physical effects of dogs getting neutered at an early age I have yet to see anything that negatively impacts the dog. I’ve heard all kinds of negative stuff about spaying and neutering at an early age, but I have yet to be shown how common it is and have never seen a dog affected by any of the things, so I take it with a grain of salt. I’m sure your vet will be able to tell you when the best time to get the little guy neutered would be.



02/17/10  10:33pm

 #2124381


Prettygirlpittie
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  Message To: Ammeratsu   In reference to Message Id: 2124325


 Meet Kodiak

A lot of rescues or shelters I have known about, including the shelter I work for now will neuter males as young as 8 weeks, because it is not very invasive, therefor not dangerous nor should it have any ill effects on your little boy. He is SUPER cute btw!!!!



02/18/10  12:48am

 #2124800


LizaB2008
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  Message To: Prettygirlpittie   In reference to Message Id: 2124381


 Meet Kodiak

Ammeratsu,
The best age to safely neuter Kodi would be 6 months, no sooner. Thats about the age their testicals start to drop. Def. don’t do it at 8 weeks, the shelters and rescues suffer for spaying and neutering that young. There are problems people claim that studies have shown but arent exactly true, especially not with males. One is that they grow to fast and get to big and get hip dyslasia. Hip Dyslplasia is genetic and is brought on by growing to fast. If you feed him properly he will grow at a slow pace and with no problems. Same goes for the bone cancer.



02/19/10  12:49pm

 #2124826


Repfanatic
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  Message To: LizaB2008   In reference to Message Id: 2124800


 Meet Kodiak

I’ve asked in a previous post if you have anything to back your statement up on physical/health problems with "early" spay & neuter and never saw anything, so I say again.....I take it with a grain of salt. I searched for this information and saw lots of places where it says these things happen, but never a source that had it happen to them. And I have never seen studies saying how likely it is to occur just that it is known to occur. Not really a very good study if you ask me.



02/19/10  01:50pm

 #2124828


LizaB2008
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  Message To: Repfanatic   In reference to Message Id: 2124826


 Meet Kodiak

Yeah. Since I posted that I have done alot of research and have found that these problems are unlikely and not fully proven. Because most of the problems are genetic there is no way to prove it was brought on by the early spay/neuter. I’ve been studying and studying I’ve pretty much found nothing that ties them to sterilization.



02/19/10  01:58pm

 #2124974


Ammeratsu
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  Message To: LizaB2008   In reference to Message Id: 2124828


 Meet Kodiak

Sooo... safe or not?

I would normally be happy to do it at 6 months. But I feel that(as with most animals) if he is around an intact female that goes into heat, his body might release the hormones needed to go into puberty and such early, and thus having ANOTHER accident except this one much worse.



02/19/10  09:24pm

 #2124979


Prettygirlpittie
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  Message To: Ammeratsu   In reference to Message Id: 2124974


 Meet Kodiak

It should be safe. He will be able to impregnate his mother even now, and it is NOT an invasive surgery so it is safe. I have also talked to a couple of vets about it and they said that he should be fine with the procedure at his age.



02/19/10  09:42pm

 #2124990


Bran421
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  Message To: Prettygirlpittie   In reference to Message Id: 2124979


 Meet Kodiak

It is safe. In your case the sooner the better. Talk to your vet, tell them the situation and see what he recommends.



02/19/10  10:30pm

 #2125009


Ammeratsu
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  Message To: Bran421   In reference to Message Id: 2124990


 Meet Kodiak

Okay. I’ll arrange something with my mom to get him fixed as soon as we can. Thanks, guys!



02/19/10  11:19pm

 #2125151


Repfanatic
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  Message To: Ammeratsu   In reference to Message Id: 2125009


 Meet Kodiak

Good luck!



02/20/10  03:06pm

 #2125162


Saucier
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  Message To: Repfanatic   In reference to Message Id: 2125151


 Meet Kodiak

A puppy his age would not be able to get a female pregnant

but yes in your case the sooner the better you def do not need a litter of inbred pups lol



02/20/10  03:36pm

 #2125551


LizaB2008
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  Message To: Saucier   In reference to Message Id: 2125162


 Meet Kodiak

A male dog is not able to impregnate a female until about 9 months of age, if that. months is better then now. His testicals have not even dropped. Sooner is better but you should at least wait until the testicals drop.



02/21/10  06:14pm

 #2153391


Mel Mel
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  Message To: LizaB2008   In reference to Message Id: 2125551


 Meet Kodiak

How cute.



06/05/10  02:55pm

 #2175253


LizaB2008
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  Message To: Mel Mel   In reference to Message Id: 2153391


 Meet Kodiak

Hey you! Where ta hell are the new pics of Kodiac!



09/13/10  08:16am

 #2175502


CapeCobra
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  Message To: LizaB2008   In reference to Message Id: 2175253


 Meet Kodiak

Ah, Kodi couldn’t be cuter! :) We just got a pup, she’s about 11 weeks old (her name is Areli, pronounced UH-rel-ee).



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Good luck with the neutering (if you haven’t already done it)!



09/14/10  08:47pm


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