So I'm calling on the masses for ideas to wear the poor girl out. The doctor did give us some pain medication that has a slight sedative, but I don't want to keep her on it if I don't have to. She's not in pain, in fact, she was annoyed I interrupted playing fetch with "Pig" to take her to the vet. When she was spayed, it was all we could do to keep her calm for 48 hours! Did I mention there's the possibility of another snowstorm midweek - which brings out a whole new side of, what is affectionately termed, "the Izzies!"
Thanks in advance for the help. I can control 25 6th grade students without breaking a sweat, but my 50 lb. teenage beast is a different animal
|So sad to hear Izzy hurt herself, and so close to her birthday!|
We're in the same boat with Howie recovering from a neuter that happen to be more serious than just a regular neuter. So he is quite limited.
I filled a lunch box container (ziplock kind) with some kibble. Howie spent 5 minutes pushing it around the kitchen floor and finally was able to get it open.
I have a toy that I fill with a little bit of peanut butter, that killed 5 minutes
I put some kibble in an empty water bottle and he played with that until all the kibble came out and the bottle was crushed. Another 5 minutes gone.
Howie has not had a big meal today because we are keeping him busy with food games.
Hope you can keep Izzy calm with little games.
|A 12 inch buly stick- premium brand so lasts longer. Also, Kong stuffed with some treats and peanut buter on ends then frozen...We had to keep our one year old frim physical ctivity for six weeks when she pulled out a ligament last year! Seven to ten days is not so bad! |
Can she do short walks on leash? That helped us alot. Of course she wanted to run and play but since she was on leash, she couldn't. Hope the time passes quickly and she heals super fast!
|I might also add.... We also ues rawhides, no knots, Wholesome Hide rawhides only. That keeps them busy a while. But I only use the Wholesome Hide ones as they are one piece of rolled rawhide. And I alwasy keep an eye on the dogs when chewing on them.|
I wouldn't recommend any other type of rawhide as I don't trust them swallowing a piece and having a problem. The Wholesome Hides ones are great. One piece. I get mine at PetExtras on line but I think they are available in some stores.
|I am not sure how restricted she is but our trainer has a do these little exercises to fine tune our overall work. There is small but precise movements.|
Game 1. getting the "exact" heal position.....
get her in heal and just move a few inches to the right rotating your shoulders and hips...she should move to the right and maintain that "correct" heal position. it is very tiny movements so that she learns where she needs to be.
part two is moving to the left she must learn to scoot her butt back to stay correct.
Game 2. "the scoot sit"
get her in heal position and take a tiny step forward....she needs to take that small step and sit quick so it actually almost looks like a "scoot" Bella and I are still working on this but the thought is to make her sit quicker.
Game 3. Hold and drop it
Have her sit in front of you and have a object/dumbell put it in her mouth and say "hold it" and lots of praise. I am in the early stages so I have to hold her mouth closed and it is only for a few seconds and then say "drop it" and I take it out. It may be easier with one of her stuffies but that may get her too excited. This is for our beginning work for retrieve. It took 3 days for me to teach her to retrieve a tennis ball. If she is limited on her activities you might not want to bring that into play unless you were only going to roll the ball slowly and only do short distances like a foot or two away and maybe with her on a leash so she can't get too excited.
I haven't tried the "cookie on the nose thing" or the "bang play dead" trick but I am sure others will have more suggestions.
Good luck hope the time goes fast for her
|Short(15 minutes) training sessions/sit, stand, heel, come, and anything else that comes to mind, several times a day interspersed with chewing sessions, very short walks, up and down the driveway until your eyes cross, hard to get kibble...until you are ready to scream. That should maybe take up a day |
My sympathy to you and your baby...and I wish you luck.
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