Help! Neutered dog, licking, scared of cone and me now
So against my better judgement I figured the vet's schooling trumps what I've read on the internet and had my dog neutered at 7 months old. He was fine for six days, then on day six started licking while I was away for the day. Wife and kids were home with him but missed it. I checked his incision and noticed he had licked his scrotum completely raw. The vet advised using the cone of shame if he messes with it. I put the cone on to keep him from doing more damage. He was scared, confused, and kind of seemed in shock. Not wanting him to lick it anymore, and not wanting to go through the trauma of taking it on and off, I left it on him for the rest of the evening and crated him as usual. When his behavior hadn't changed in the morning (wouldn't go to the bathroom, really shy, I took it off and took him for a walk and tried to play tug of war, fetch, convince him it was okay. He basically doesn't want to let me get too close to him. Comes cautiously to get a treat, maybe once, and then moves away. Have I ruined my poor dog? He was great up until the cone. What do I do? If I put the cone back on I figure I'm doing more damage. I can't watch him though, especially when I go to work. Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.