When to spay my dog?
My pup is 6 months old and I had planned to spay her next week. However, the instructor in my obedience class strongly urged tonight that I wait until she's been through at least one heat cycle. My pup is quite insecure and submissive (but incredibly sweet and friendly :)). Her reasoning is that if I spay her now this could somehow stunt development and inhibit building up her confidence. My goal is to have a happy, healthy and well-adjusted dog so I'm very open to advice. Waiting to spay her is not an issue since I live in a city and she is never off-leash at this point.
Any thoughts from forum members on timing of getting a dog spayed if they are insecure and submissive? Can waiting until after one heat cycle really help with this behavior?