Last year I had planned to neuter Ryder. Then on the advice of a high end stock dog trainer and breeder I put my "snip" plans on hold. He suggested I wait until Ryder was 3. Simply because Ryder is so freaking awesome on sheep. I know that once I get my crap together and get trialing him he will do wonderful things. He has so many wonderful qualities on stock. He is also a lovely dog to live with. For the most part he's pretty relaxed and easy going. He's becoming well adjusted and beginning to greet strangers - even men - appropriately. His big issue right now is his interactions with other dogs. Even Diva. This is a new-ish problem one that seems to be getting worse with time and work, not better. He is very rough when he plays and he's become something of a bully. It is so strange because he's so gentle and kind with Tessa.
Last night he would not give up his negative attitude towards Charlie. I have to wonder if as he becomes more entrenched in his understanding that he's a boy that this will get worse. It leaves me thinking that it may be in his - and my - best interests to neuter him now. And then work on the behavior without the issues of the hormones. Thoughts?