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Crate Rest Enrichment
I never realized how much I do with Kaizer to expel all the energy he has until we can't do anything and he's bouncing off the walls. Literally bouncing - he's trying to jump from couch to couch to couch. Then he tries to do zoomies in the house, then he chases his tail. It's very worrying and very annoying (especially the tail chasing!! it's not like he has much tail to begin with). We have sedatives but I don't want to keep him sedated all the time if I can avoid it. For now, he's leashed when it seems like he's about to go over edge (which happens like 1-2 times a day).
For background, he has three incisions - one is a normal neuter incision, the second is where his inguinal canal is, and the third is a three inch vertical line starting from his penis and going up (near his bladder), so he's not supposed to move much. On top of that, the incision near his inguinal canal has developed a seroma, so we're supposed to limit his movement even more. Vet said we should ice it a couple times a day until Tuesday, at which point if it's gotten bigger/hasn't gone down, we bring him in. Of course, it got even significantly bigger today. The absolutely worse case scenario would be that he has to be on crate rest for even longer than the original 14 days.
So, I'd like some ideas about what you guys do when your dog is on crate rest and needs an outlet for his energy. Preferably nothing that requires Kaizer from moving around too much.
I've frozen kongs for him but they don't last very long - any recipe recommendations? So far I've done:
mashed bananas and yogurt, mashed bananas and yogurt and water-softened kibble, pumpkin and mashed bananas, pumpkin and mashed bananas and mushy kibble. All frozen and all have lasted about 20 minutes. If you have anything harder (or anything at all), let me know!
Tricks wise, this is Kaizer's master list: spin, rollover, back up, put both paws up on my arm (unnamed), boing (jump with all four paws off the ground onto me), touch (nose), target (paw), get in/on a box, catch, place, squish (in between my legs and walk), say hi (lifts a paw), speak, zoomies on cue, paw (right paw), high-five (left paw), and an informal hold. We're working on him balancing a biscuit on his nose. Any other ideas? Kaizer and I need all the help we can get!