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It might change his behavior, it might not.
I am not a believer in the necessity of neutering male dogs. Bitches, yes, because the risk of pyometra is high. As long as you do not let him roam, he isn't going to be impregnating anyone's dog.
I have had quite a few male dogs, neutered and intact - the worst masturbator is my current male dog, who has been neutered at least as long as I have had him (4 years).
Now, I did have an unneutered dog (a Pekingese) who did what you describe with urine if he got the chance. Huffing, sticking his face into it, licking. Totally bizarre to see, not to mention gross. But he was well-trained on the leash and didn't pull to do so - it didn't disrupt our walks in any way.
You dog has to learn that walk time means that he has to follow your lead, no matter what he smells. Neutering isn't going to make him realize that.. all dogs like to smell.