Despite all intentions to wait until a year, Brodie was neutered on the 29th when his marking would not stop and we could no longer trust him outside the crate in the house. Marking started feverishly, suddenly along with jumping and biting my shins. Stopped even quicker, the day I brought him home he went to lift his leg - nah, that doesn't feel too good and he returned to squatting. The pee a little here, a little there, a little everywhere, all the time stopped as well and my 'I can hold my bladder for hours on end' pupper returned as did complete draining of the tank. He was getting to be a handful on walks around the neighborhood, barking, lifting his ruff at the world and already, just two weeks in, I see changes as the testosterone levels drop. His nipping has decreased except when he's not allowed to burn off energy. Because he was 'older' at 9 1/2 months, they wanted quiet and e-collar for 14 days. Off to The Big E on Friday so he gets stitches removed on Saturday as I did not want to leave him alone the day after stitches were removed. I bought him an e-collar off Amazon, covered in fuzzy velvety material and we've left it on 100% of the time, except for class these past 2 days. His focus is on other things, not his junk, so no concerns there. Keeping him quiet has been a 100% pain in the neck and hubby said he would never wait 'this long' to neuter the 'next one' - yup he said next one!!! We've always neutered old style at 5 - 6 months and it is so much easier when younger. This has been a challenge and Brodie has been miserable. Last Monday, 4 days post-op, we got the okay to walk around our neighborhood circle 1 time - it is 1/3 of a mile. Rest, check for redness, swelling and if okay, a second walk later in the afternoon. We weren't supposed to play fetch with him but he's begging and begging and begging so Saturday I played a bit of fetch with a stick and then Sunday when all was good and no issues, hubby played fetch with his frisbee but not allowing him to go long and nothing over his shoulders. We also kept the 2 dogs separate until Sunday. Once Brodie got a bit of energy worn off, we allowed him time with Kooper. Without exercise and activity, Brodie is wired and can now jump straight up in the air almost to my shoulders so a bit of fetch to keep all 4 on the ground is a better option, in my opinion. We went to our first classes last night and this noon in Rally-O and agility and I had the collar off. He was so excited to be doing stuff and watching other pups that he was fine. I think he will miss his fuzzy pillow when it's finally removed. He ate through all the plastic buckles but I used key rings and caribiner clips to keep it on him. He does seem to enjoy sleeping on it at night.