Scent work sounds like a great idea, I’ll just have to make sure it’s something big enough she can’t get her mouth around.
She isn’t allowed to use her mouth other than eating her slurry. It’s thinned out so it’s slightly thicker than water. The vet said to discourage all licking other than meal time, and absolutely no chewing. We reward her now with excited tones and good girls, she knows how to sit, stay, and look at me, but I used feeding time to teach her that.
Parvo is an epidemic in our town, so vets advice is strictly our yard only. With her jaw healing, her immune system isn’t going to fight off anything contagious like a healthy pup would. We carry her into the vets office, they take us immediately to a private room that is reserved for her so we don’t have to wait in the lobby with the other pets. They are extremely cautious with her because of all the parvo cases they have come in on a daily basis.
We take her to the front yard for play time in the evenings when it’s cooler, and she knows her boundaries. She tests them occasionally by putting a paw over into the neighbors yard, I tell her “far enough” and she steps right back into our yard with all paws. Other dogs have gone by, the neighbors kids have been in their front yard playing, and she will be alert and watches, but still stays in our yard.
The agility course is separated from the main area of the backyard, and fenced in, so it’s always one on one when I am working with Crios. Hubs stays with Seiran inside and cuddles with her. I suppose I can try her out on it in the evenings when it cools, I’ll just take down the dog walk and teeter totter, I’m afraid she smack her face and make her injury worse. Everything else can be adjusted to her size. It’s just a pain in the butt to size and then resize for Crios, but it’s just my laziness and lack of energy in the evenings preventing me from having tried it already.
I asked the vet for recommendations, and he said he was great at fixing animals, but not great at training them, so the only thing he could come up with was hubs and I rolling a ball back and forth on the ground, without letting Seiran get it, as an altered form of fetch. As you can imagine, that didn’t go over well. She would chase it a few times, then start jumping and biting at our hair and clothes.
I honestly hope she doesn’t have to go another 6 weeks muzzled, because I’m already fraying at the edges! Lyka is still my main focus when the hubs is home, and when he is at work, I just feel guilty all the time because Seiran is time consuming, and I don’t get to spend as much time with Lyka as I want to be.