It’s a great idea to get your dog used to being in a crate before any accidents might occur where cage rest might be needed. As a puppy get them use to being in the crate. This should be a fun place to hang out in. This can be done by playing games inside the crate like tug of war. Feeding your dog’s meals in the crate and hide their treats throughout the crate for the dog to find. Always make the crate a fun and positive experience. By doing these things the puppy learns the crate is a fun place to be!
- Love your dog. Just because your dog is on cage rest doesn’t mean you can’t still give them lots of cuddles and attention. They can spend time on your lap but as soon as you leave the room to check on dinner etc place your dog back in the crate.
- Put the crate in a position where your family spends the most time. Dogs are pack animals and don’t like to be away from the family unit. If you are outside having a BBQ take the crate outside with you.
- Give your dog ice cubes. Dogs like chewing on ice cubes and it is a great way to cool them down on a hot summers day. You can fill up a container with water and place some of their biscuits and toys in it, freeze it then give it to your dog for some entertainment. If your dog has a bandage on place a plastic bag over the leg to keep it dry.
- Give your dog food interactive toys. The Kong classic is a great way to feed your dog. Stuff the Kong with some canned meat and biscuits (you can even freeze it) and give it to your dog for hours of distraction and fun! And the best thing about it there’s no added calories for the dog, as you are feeding your dog what they would have eaten as their meal.
- Nylabones are a great alternative to bones and gives your dog a healthy outlet for chewing. Nylabones comes in different sizes, flavours and shapes. The cheese Naylabone is a great hit with my dog and it has dimples in it for you to smear food on it like peanut butter or canned meat.
- Physiotherapy. A animal physiotherapist can make a tailored program for your dog to help with their injuries. This may include massage, heat packs, bending and extension of limbs and a work out plan. This will provide your dog with mental and some physical stimulation.
- Depending on the size of your dog you can get dog prams (for small breed dogs) so they can still experience the outside world and all those fascinating smells while still being confined. Remember to make sure you harness your dog in, so they can’t jump out!