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Keeping an Injured Puppy Busy


So this is what Maximus, my now 10 month old rottie, has looked like for the past two weeks.

 Cone of shame

This Wednesday, thankfully, he had his stitches removed and is now free of the cone of shame! He is recovering nicely from his surgery on his elbow that was causing him to limp. He still has a limp, and will for the next month or so, and has to be on “rest,” whatever that means!

I’ve been trying to find ways to alleviate his boredom and drain his energy as he’s only allowed 5 to 10 minute walks at the moment. We play “Which Hand” (which hand is the treat hidden in), we used to play hide and seek with his toys but that requires excitement and running around, we also tried “Which One” (which cup is the treat hidden under), that one was fun until he started crushing the aluminum cups with his paws. Finally, we discovered this game:


Even with the “cone of shame” on, Maximus figured it out. Unfortunately, I bought dollar store tennis balls, so after finding the treats he destroyed the balls, ate pieces of them and puked them up later…note to self, only buy high quality tennis/kong balls from now on. 

The next two games I plan on teaching Maximus, once he’s allowed longer walks are “101 Things To Do With a Box” and “Clean Up!” I’m especially looking forward to clean up!! Got any extra fun games I can play with Maximus that don't require jumping or running?

Now all I need is this:


Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2012-03-09 2:03pm

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