Okay, what is balls jealousy? A dog that is jealous of another dog because it has a tennis ball? NO!! HAhahaha… “Balls Jealousy” is a term I made up for the vibe that intact male dogs give off to neutered male dogs.
I’ve encountered this more than a dozen times at Pets Get Physical (a doggy daycare and boarding in Kleinburg, Ontario) when I worked there and on my dog walks.
When there was an intact male dog around, 95 percent of the time other dogs would get set off by a vibe or aura that the intact male gives off. And it’s not always because the intact male is showing aggression or dominance. It could be a submissive intact male, but for some reason it just pisses off other male dogs.
For example, Dutch (my foster dog of almost two years) and Bolt both went into growling and attack mode on an innocent, intact male dog on one of our walks. I was able to quickly call my boys back to me and put them on a leash, which I admit didn’t help the situation but it was the only way to safely remove them.
I called over and asked, “Do you have a male or female dog?” The other owner said, “It’s a male.” Then I asked, “Is he neutered?” And the other owner said, “No, and yeah, he gets that a lot from other dogs.”
I’m assuming he meant the idiotic behaviour my boys were demonstrating with growls and barking. So, I yelled back, “Sorry, they just have balls jealousy!” and we both laughed and walked away.
Thank goodness that ended well. It could have been a blood bath if the other dog was aggressive and Dutch had his way. Hahaha he could be crazy like that sometimes.
So, if you are wondering to neuter or keep your dog intact, ask yourself: Do you want your dog to have lots of friends? Is that something important to you? Do you want to breed him and is that why you want to keep his balls?
Some people have said that they wouldn’t want their own balls cut off, so why would they do that to their dog? Hmm…well, yes, no one is asking humans to cut off their balls. In my opinion, it’s just a procedure that will help the dog socially, among other health benefits.
Sometimes it helps the dog calm down a notch (not always, but sometimes) and it leaves the breeding to the breeders. There are just so many dogs to rescue, so if you don’t know what you are doing and you aren’t a breeder, then don’t let your dog breed.
Go ahead and get them neutered and let them be your pet, not a breeding machine. Enjoy them for their lifetime and they’ll have a better chance at socializing and a living a fuller life.