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Old 04-28-2011, 08:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When I first joined this forum two weeks ago, Brutus had just had a scrotal ablation. Tomorrow he gets his stitches out, but he still has 2 weeks of taking it easy ahead of him. The first week of his recovery, it was not too difficult to keep him quiet, the second week (which is the one that ends tomorrow) was a bit more challenging, and the vet prescribed him a sedative to help keep him still. Now his sedative is almost gone, and I am trying to brainstorm for ideas to entertain him, stimulate his mind, without allowing him to run, jump, or become excited. My other dog isn't helping matters either as he is eager to resume playing with Brutus. Does anyone have any ideas to offer in regard to ways to keep Brutus's mind occupied, during this recuperation time.
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've had luck with a Kong, filled with peanut butter and then placed in the freezer so it all freezes. It sure has worked with my dogs to keep them busy but calm.
There are also "treat balls" where you can put kibble/treats in them and the dog has to work to get them out. (Never tried one of these, but I've heard good things)
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These are great ideas, but I really try to stay away from giving him treats/snacks, because he has a sensitive stomach. He has this big monkey-stuffed animal that is built tough for dogs, and I have had some luck with this because he loves stuffed animals, and will sit and chew on it for a while. The he gets into hyper mode, and wants to run. I feel so bad for him, having to sit around so much, when I know that he is feeling better, and wants to play. I take him for short walks around the block and he loves that. I just can't think of what else to do with him. I found this toy at the pet store, it was a stuffed animal squirrel family inside of their "house" which had a velcro flap that you put the squirrel's into the house through, and then close it up, it has these little holes in it, and the object was for the dog to figure out how to pull them out, well he figured this out in no time flat, and then ripped the squirrels to pieces. So much for that idea!
I don't know much about peanut butter, I did give him some when trying to give him his antibiotic, he did get diarrhea, but that could have been caused by the antibiotics. Is peanut butter generally ok for a dog with a sensitive stomach?

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Can you have him do doggie push ups? I have Stosh do them when he gets the zoomies...sit, down, sit, down, etc. Maybe teach some tricks like spin one way, then rinse the other. Is tug ok? That wears him out too. You might try one of those food cubes that you put kibble in and they have to push it around to get it out.
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