I've a 4 yr old shitzu male. He's going to be neutered this month. He drives me bonkers when he is outside. He wants to mark every lamppost, tree, bush, corner going. Even in his own back garden. Will neutering help reduce this behaviour or have I left it too late?
Maybe it works for some dogs, I can only speak for mine and it didn't help at all. He was neutered at 2.5 yrs eight months ago. Still marking as before, if I let him, but has finally learnt that when I say heel he has to keep walking. He hardly ever pees in the garden, prefers to save it up for walks. The only thing that neutering put a stop to was the constant sniffing the ground and trying to track down females in season. This started a week before he was neutered when he met a female lab in season and became obsessed.
My male boxer never goes to the toilet when he's out on his lead but there's two spots on the walk where he occassionally does the fake marking, he can go weeks and not do it then do it two/three days in a row.