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Neutered Deer Dogs Lose Their Drive

Your once-dependable hunting dog has been neutered, and now it's lost its drive to hunt. How to bring back the mojo? This is the kind of advice you simply cannot find anywhere else but on the FS Hunting Forum. Florida Sportsman Member Birdog0219 reports recently that two of his blueticks escaped, and were picked up by animal control officers. The cost to get the dogs back unfixed: $400 each. Birddog took a chance and kept his cash, and now his dogs wind deer but won't push. “Last year they would run their butts off; now they want to just follow a first-year dog (unfixed) or come back to the buggy,” he writes. Fellow FS Members chimed in with a variety of responses, ranging from stories of unfavorable results with fixed dogs, to a firm belief that testosterone levels should have no bearing on predatory instincts. Click here to see the full forum thread. Then, later in the thread, an additional piece of news is revealed: The dogs had not only been neutered, but the “alpha” dog in their pack had died recently. Could it be that a change in pack dynamics is the root cause of the problem, as FS Member JohnnyBandit suggests? Will time and perhaps changes in activity or diet help bring back the blue ticks? Tune in!

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