Puppy - broken leg, need advice!
New gsd owner here, have a 9 week old, got her a week ago. Amazing dog, training has been great so far, she's doing great. Yesterday, however, she snuck away fast and literally jumped off of my second story deck (in front of my wife and kids, ugly scene).
Anyways, somehow, quite amazingly she not only survived the fall but the only damage is a broken bone near her foot on her front left leg.
Surgery is scheduled for early this week, have a reputable doc on it, pins needing to be put in. Not going to be cheap, but they tell me it's the best thing long term and her health is the number one thing.
My question... Has anyone been through this before with a gsd puppy, or any large breed pup before? I have to admit, I'm a bit nervous on how I can possibly give her the proper exercise and mental stimulation she needs. She won't be able to go on walks or really "play" at all for a month or more.
Are there things anyone else has done in this spot? Things I can do to make sure I still establish myself as the pack leader with her even when she will be so limited and contained to a kennel? Training opportunities even with a puppy that can't walk? She was catching on quickly with clicker but that seems tough now (no come, sit, stay, etc).
Any advice is helpful, I have wanted a gsd for so long, have had great success training my boxer and know how much these breeds need stimulation constantly. Really throwing off my confidence here, so I'm reaching out to other owners.