My BLM turns 5 in May. About 3 weeks ago something switched. He came off the truck at a HT with is nose straight up in the air and hasn't been the same since. He went from focused, to very distracted, to say the least. He's gone from trying to beat me to the line, to not wanting to leave the holding blind so he could sniff the ground. This weekend he looked like a bloodhound going to the line and almost didn't pick up his head in time to see the marks.
The first weekend I thought, "well there's just a bitch in heat somewhere close", but this last weekend at a different HT the same mentality returned. It shouldn't be the environment, he's been to dozens and dozens of HT's, been on a pro's truck for a period during a summer trip and friends with male dogs at the same events acted just fine.
All that to say, I need some suggestion. What can I do???
Let him breed and hope it goes away on it's own? Or will that just make it worse?
Ideas, thoughts, suggestion?????
(fyi - neutering is something i'm really not willing to consider at this time.)