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Q. My dog recently had surgery and I need to keep her calm until she’s recovered. What can you suggest to keep her energy level down during the healing process?
Hey Cindy,

You were very helpful with me previously in the past with my boxers aggression issue. She just had 2 mass cell tumors removed that were cancer. She now has 20 staples in her back as well as stitches above her rear leg. She loves to play as all dogs do. We have historically played with her in the morning, afternoon and night. The stitches and staples will not be removed for another 2 weeks. The vet said to keep her calm, no jumping etc. Any advise on how to keep a dogs energy level down without talking her for a walk or playing with her? I think this will be my biggest challenge so far being I play tug with her, I play fetch with her & take her for long walks. I am kind of lost here as how I can keep her calm so she does not bust her wounds open. Any help or advise is greatly appreciated. I will be looking forward to your reply.

A. I would work on some fun tricks she can do for food rewards, maybe hide some of her toys around the house and have her use her nose to find them.

I would read our article on Training Dogs with Markers.

Mental exercise can be as tiring to many dogs as a good walk.

Nosework is a great activity as well. I hope she heals up quickly!

Cindy Rhodes

  Response:

Thanks Cindy! You girls & guys over there are awesome. I wish I was closer I’d love to get some training lessons from your staff. She is really healing great. She acts like she doesn’t have staples and stitches in her. Prancing around the house, wagging her little stub of a tail. I appreciate your help! Enjoy your week ahead.
  
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