I remember it so clearly: one minute he was having a fantastic game of catch the frisbee and chasing Cricket with her frisbee, the next minute a yawning chasm opened up before him, swallowed his front leg and twisted his shoulder.
The shrieking! Ow ow ow, he cried.
After a visit to the vet for x-rays, diagnosis and anti-inflammatories, he was sentenced to a few weeks’ bed rest.
For a young miniature poodle - poodles have everlasting energy, in case you didn’t know - this
But the whole thing was made easy because Coco loves his crate, takes himself there when tired, and knows to settle down as soon as he’s in it.
We also do a lot of matwork, regularly. This translates now to any mat or bed I point him to. He will stay there until released.
He got regular sessions with his very own Canine Massage Therapist to aid a fast recovery, which he absolutely loved.
So while I was working, he was stretched out on his bed beside me. When I couldn’t be paying attention he could go in his crate. I was able to achieve the bed rest prescribed by the vet without any stress on the part of my dog.
Stress on top of injury
An injured dog is already stressed enough. Confining a dog who isn’t used to it could add a lot more anxiety and tension.
Of course Coco got out for garden visits, lap visits, and some trick training, aka therapy for the injured leg (“Take a Bow” gave him an excellent shoulder-stretch). But preventing him racing and playing with the other dogs was the hard part.
Soon we were able to graduate to short road walks.
It was a while before young Mr.Coco was joyfully chasing his frisbee again.
But at least the time passed calmly.
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