Surviving post-spay confinement

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We’ve had a pretty easy go of it up til now; adopted a 16 week rescue pup and managed to get lucky enough that she didn’t seem any worse off for her long journey to us. We had a good pattern going… morning running and wrestling with her friends at the dog park, a nice long nap til lunch, some light indoor playing in the afternoon (often while i’m on zoom) and a pre-dinner walk with occasional dog playing as available. We totally thought: we’ve got this! Super easy starter dog is a success!

Adolescence then hit and things got a bit more annoying as she forgot half her training overnight, but we read up here, pulled up our boots and refocussed on basic obedience. Progress was being made…

Nothing prepared us for the aftermath of spaying, though. I was so worried something would go wrong in the surgery and about how we’d get her home that we never thought through what 14 days without physical exercise would mean. Suddenly we’re living with a barking (she never barked inside), whirling dervish of a food obsessed, back of knee smashing monster. The vet’s instructions are impossible to follow… how do you keep a dog inactive when her transition from laying on the floor to coming to see whether something exciting is going on involves her propelling herself straight up in the air, spinning 180 degrees and landing in a full sprint to cross the 10 feet that she has somehow allowed to separate us??

We googled indoor dog games, dog brain games, etc and have been playing them. Unfortunately she’s pretty bright (with a good sniffer) and things like the tennis balls in muffin cups get solved very quickly. We’ve worked a ton on training but it winds her up so much that it’s often counterproductive; “touch” turns into “ramming speed, aye!” pretty quickly. We got so desperate that the vet gave us a light sedative/anti-anxiety drug for her, but unfortunately that had the opposite effect of removing all her inhibitions (no work got done that day) and making her hyper vigilant.

So here we are, 5 days into 10-14, and today I, exhausted, gave up and let her run out some zoomies in the yard under the theory that that would be safer than having her be a total spazz in the house. The result of which is her first chill nap in days, and me having enough time to vent to the internet 🙂

Is some running / bouncing time in the yard ok? Or should we just bite the bullet and crate her a lot more? We are guessing this would ruin her crate training; at the moment she uses the crate as a private place to sleep when we’re bugging her, similar to my teenager and her room. I expect they both would like being locked in when they want to be out exercising very similarly.

Taking all ideas / advice / support. But am beginning to think this is just something we all suffer through.

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