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    Default Desexing on Friday

    Pip is booked in for her desex on Friday. She will go in Thursday night, because we can't get her down there Friday morning - she won't be happy about that, though I think the cats will like the night of peace!

    She's only 17 weeks and weights 3.5kg. I'd rather wait a little while, but the agreement with the shelter is that I get her desexed at 16 weeks, so thats whats happening.

    Anyway, I'm wondering how I'm gonna keep a small, hyper puppy confined for almost two weeks? Should I bring out the playpen (giant dog crate) again? She's not overly keen on it, though she does hang out in it sometimes, she doesn't like being locked in.

    At the moment, she has free run of the kitchen and hall and can come and go from the back yard via the cat flap. We have a deck out back, on which the step is too high to make with out jumping, so that'll be out of bounds. She's not allowed on the sofa or bed, but she will jump up given half a chance, usually when we aren't watching, again, will damage her stitches.

    I think that during the day she will be ok to wander the house, with bedroom and living room closed off to avoid jumping and the cat flap closed (she won't be able to get through with her cone anyway) and probably in her play pen in the evening, when we are in the living room and she is likely to chase cats and jump on the sofa.

    Or should I keep her in her pen all day, just incase?

    Is she allowed walks? How am I to disperse all that extra energy she has in the evening - usually we play fetch and she does zoomies around the garden.

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    The only way you're going to have control is to put her in a crate, or keep her on lead all the time.

    I think short walks on lead are ok - your vet will advise. Chances are she will feel a tad crappy for the first day or so depending how much pain killer she gets. Pain killers are good and bad. Good - because the puppy feels ok, and bad because the puppy feels good enough to run around like a mad thing and bust open the wound. You really don't want that to happen. So it's going to be a couple of weeks of hell. But worth it. Just focus on the consequences of wound bursting, and infection. Very very bad and dog would have to be kept quiet for much much longer to get over that.

    Focus on trick training, maybe a little bit of "perch work" or "targetting" ie getting your puppy to put her paws (one at a time) on a phone book wrapped in a towel, or touch your hand with different parts of her body. Shake hands, speak, sit, stand, drop etc. Keep her on lead while you're doing this so she can't do zoomies in the house. And keep her on lead when you take her out to toilet too.

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    Well the job is done, I now have a little puppy lamp! She is doing well, a bit depressed, but I think mainly that is because of the cone. I did take it off her for a few mins, but she immediately went straight to licking and didn't stop, so it stays on.

    We tried to keep her in the big crate, but she got very stressed out and wouldn't settle, so now she has access to the kitchen/ hallway where there is nothing to jump up on, and she can be where ever we are. This is pretty much her usual set up.

    We aren't letting her go into the garden, as access to our yard is via a deck which we haven't fitted steps to, so she has to jump on and off them, or we have to carry her - it was worrying me, picking her up, so for now, she'll use her pee pads instead of going outside. Slightly annoying, as she has been really consistant with her toilet training, but it will be ok.
    She can only just fit in her crate at bed time and is having trouble settling down, but she doesn't seem to be in any pain or discomfort - just the inconvenience of the cone.

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