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Entertaining A Dog While Confined

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Pawfect   

My brother adopted a Boxer x staffy dog that is very active & never rests for a minute. She's also very naughty LOL (chewing, digging, destroying), and has pretty bad separation anxiety.

She's recently had her knee operated on (not ordinary cruciate op - needed specialist surgery at cost of $4500), and needs to be confined for 2 months. While at work he's put her in a small room to keep her confined, but is having trouble entertaining her. Toys she throws in the air & jumps to catch them, she knocks over her water bowl & tries to eat the bowl (even heavy ceramic ones) despite having a Bucket on her head!, and she's chewing up her bed every day.

Looking for activities that will pass the time, but won't cause her to move much.

TIA!

ETA - unfortunately she's not very food driven

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bianca.a   

Is it possible to crate her? My pup had a total hip replacement and I was in a similar situation but Coop was so distressed from the complications he wasn't too bad being confined.

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Pawfect   

Perhaps, but he does work longish hours - would it be ok to crate a dog for 12hrs or-so per day?

She's never been in a crate before except at the vets (where she is beside herself terrified just walking in the door!). I think it'd take some time & training before she'd stay calm in one :(

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One of my cats had a leg injury recently & had to be confined so she couldn't jump.

I joined up 3 of the 4 foot long dog crates giving her a 12 foot long cage so she can walk & move without being crammed in a small space but she can't jump.

May be worth trying for the dog when he is at work. He could even join up 4 if he has anywhere long enough to put them.

www.dealsdirect.com.au sometimes have the crates for around $60. Have to check that they are the ones with removable things in the corners though or they can't be joined up into one big one.

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Pawfect   

Thanks! I've passed on the info. He's not keen on crating, but a giant crate is a great idea. I've sent him lots of info on crate training regardless ;)

While he was at work the other day, the cheeky girl managed to chew up her food & spray it all over the walls, tipped out her water, eat her bed & and scratch up the doors....even though he had a lady visiting her during the day so she wouldn't be left for too long by herself!

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Cosmolo   

If the dog has just had a TPLO (expensive cruciate surgery for a bigger dog sounds like it'd be this procedure) which is what one of mine had earlier this year, the success of the surgery is largely dependent on how quiet they manage to keep the dog during recovery. I'm a bit surprised the specialist didn't discuss this at the time. They need to be extremely careful or there $4500 will have been wasted or they will have further confinement and further vet bills!

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Pawfect   

If the dog has just had a TPLO (expensive cruciate surgery for a bigger dog sounds like it'd be this procedure) which is what one of mine had earlier this year, the success of the surgery is largely dependent on how quiet they manage to keep the dog during recovery. I'm a bit surprised the specialist didn't discuss this at the time. They need to be extremely careful or there $4500 will have been wasted or they will have further confinement and further vet bills!

She's being confined, but not by crate. She's in a room about the size of a large toilet cubicle. I think the only way to keep her sedate though would be with sedatives unfortunately :(

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Pawfect   

Very true Cosmolo!!

My brother has just bought a crate to try, but with the cone on her head it's not working out. Cone is off Thursday though so hopefully she might be a bit better afterwards. If she doesn't settle though I think he'll have to use sedatives.

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ness   

:laugh: will have to send those links to my parents Bully. They are going to be in for trouble keeping my 13 year old who is day 2 post-op for a cruciate repair from being feral if the last 2 days are anything to go by.

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