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Puppies with too much time on their paws

Since Maddie has been spayed this Monday, it has been a challenge for all of us. She was in such pain the first evening and we slept beside her that night.

The next day, she wanted to bounce and play. We have been walking her but nothing like the exercise she is used to. I have put peanut butter inside balls, bought her bones to chew on and it helps some, but not enough.

I was making pie crusts in the kitchen and walked away after carefully pushing the butter and such far away from where she could reach. I came back in to see her licking off the wooden cutting board. She got yelled at and put on a leash for ten minutes or so.

One hour later, she managed to quietly open my pantry and seize the last bar of Swiss chocolate we had brought back last month. Fortunately she didn't eat much. When I yelled at her, she barked at me.

She is now in her crate.

I'll be so, so, so glad when we can run her again. This is wearing on her and us.

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Poor Maddie. it's really hard because they don't understand. I'm not looking forward to Bentleys turn.
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Well, first after looking at Maddie's beautiful face and expression I find it hard to believe that she really did all those things. She looks very innocent and sweet!

We had the same problems with our Daisy after being spayed. She even had complications and they had to operate on her twice but it did not keep her down. She still wanted to jump and play. On the bright side Maddie must be very smart to be able to open the pantry. I would have found it really hard not to laugh when she barked at you when she got in trouble.

Good luck and I'm sure you will both make it through this down time.
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Your Maddie sounds just like ours.

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I just finished taking her out for her walk. We walked in the house, I took off her leash and put it on the front table. When I turned around she had something in her mouth, a passion fruit that I had taken from her earlier this morning (she harvested it herself in the garden) and put far, far back on the counter.

Oh well. Five days to go.

We finally stopped blocking the staircase when Josh noticed her calculating the distance from a chair to the top of the railing. She wanted to check up on me and I hadn't gotten up yet. She was considering if she could make the jump :-)

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Poor puppy. When Bodhi was done he was a handful too. He managed to get in a few jumps .... to say hi to next doors golden and ended up tearing out his stitches ...... back to the vet and started all over again!

Do the vets know it is impossible to keep a golden down and quiet??? hahahaha

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Since Maddie has been spayed this Monday, it has been a challenge for all of us. She was in such pain the first evening and we slept beside her that night.

The next day, she wanted to bounce and play. We have been walking her but nothing like the exercise she is used to. I have put peanut butter inside balls, bought her bones to chew on and it helps some, but not enough.

I was making pie crusts in the kitchen and walked away after carefully pushing the butter and such far away from where she could reach. I came back in to see her licking off the wooden cutting board. She got yelled at and put on a leash for ten minutes or so.

One hour later, she managed to quietly open my pantry and seize the last bar of Swiss chocolate we had brought back last month. Fortunately she didn't eat much. When I yelled at her, she barked at me.

She is now in her crate.

I'll be so, so, so glad when we can run her again. This is wearing on her and us.
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Last night I tried to take a bath, she accidentally dropped her ball in the tub three times, zoomed around bouncing and looked like she was going to get in the tub. I finally had to crate her around 8 last night.

Tonight I have the ultimate weapon, I bought her a brand new smoked bone. There is quiet now.

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Another weapon you might try is melatonin... I gave it to Tucker when he couldn't settle down. It's a sleep aid for humans but in pups it makes them mellow...natural substance, available in pharmacy. I used to put it into warm goats milk on the theory that warm milk makes us sleepy, so why not dogs...? Seemed to work well with Tucker.
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this thread is too funny!
Casey was just like this when he got fixed....only throw an enormous cone onto the end of his normal crazy-hyper self...it was um...interesting...
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