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    Hmm

    Tricks that do not put stress on the dog knees.

    Nose touches - to hand, or anything else you nominate.

    finding things and barking to indicate (or fetch if appropriate).

    Not entirely sure about this - but various forms of foot targeting with the healthy end of the dog. Eg if he's buggered a joint at the back then targeting things with front foot, shake hands, stand on mat.

    Barking, singing and talking tricks.

    Ear flick and head tilt, nod, shake tricks.

    Stuff that involves walking, running and changing directions - not so much, ie avoid.

    Susan Garrett has a couple of blog pages listing hundreds of tricks so there's probably some more in there a dog with dodgy legs could do.

    Failing that, you'll have to get him a wheel chair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hmm

    Tricks that do not put stress on the dog knees.

    Nose touches - to hand, or anything else you nominate.

    finding things and barking to indicate (or fetch if appropriate).

    Not entirely sure about this - but various forms of foot targeting with the healthy end of the dog. Eg if he's buggered a joint at the back then targeting things with front foot, shake hands, stand on mat.

    Barking, singing and talking tricks.

    Ear flick and head tilt, nod, shake tricks.

    Stuff that involves walking, running and changing directions - not so much, ie avoid.

    Susan Garrett has a couple of blog pages listing hundreds of tricks so there's probably some more in there a dog with dodgy legs could do.

    Failing that, you'll have to get him a wheel chair.
    Sue Runs Zip in Wheelchair for Glory Run at Five Flags Agility Trial 12-3-11 - YouTube
    Thanks Hyacynth. There are some great ideas here.
    I have a complication added in that i have slipped a disk in my back.
    So neither of us are going anywhere now.

    I will have to stick to trick training for now.
    Im not sure how long im on my back for, but a day or so at least.
    bernie is doing a cute comforting thing. I want to try and capture it with the clicker. I'll see if i can grab a photo/video of clicker training this.
    He is laying his head on my lap, leaning into/onto me. I swear he's aware im injured or something. As i lay on sofa normally and he doesnt do this then.

    Will keep him tired out easily with these tricks.

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    My stomach lurched when I read this title so I'm glad to hear its nothing too bad.....well you know what I mean lol

    Hya has just given some great ideas that I would of thought of. As for pain , well if we look at it logically , I'm pretty sure they would show some sort of reaction if pain was involved. What about when he's in the house ? Does he favour it when he lays down/gets up? Does he lick at the area? Just basic little things like that ?

    And I too am not a fan of GE but they could perhaps help in this situation.
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    Wishing you both a speedy recovery... So you can both be out doing the things you love together....
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    So whilst i struggle with clicking correct behaviour, correctly to entertain him, my daughter has taught him to sing on command to a new favourite word: kangaroo
    shaped from him staring at them in our front garden, to whining to go out there. To singing on command without looking at roos.
    Its all going by in a oxycontin haze for me.

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    Lol at Bernie

    There's a particular singing call Frosty makes when she wants other dogs to come play with her, roo roooooo.... I would love to get that on cue. But it's not one she offers up for me. I get lots of Wub Wub chat - which is hilarious. Which is possibly why she offers it up. She likes my reaction to it.

    You know you need less pain killer when they wipe you out. I was on endones for my knee - and for the first couple of days - I could take the recommended dose - and function - as much as one can with one knee-leg not working, but a week later - one tablet would knock me flat - literally. If I took one I had to lie down. At that point, I stopped taking them unless I was in too much pain to sleep. Didn't like the hazy feeling much.

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    I have read those sites from top to bottom. But couldnt find how to put knee support on.
    I have watched bernie become upset due to lack of fun and frolics and having to watch but not chase them rabbits.
    I have been back to vet for "im not having surgery, how to manage?" and rest, confinement similar to what i had read etc. Vet did say that he's had a life of exertion, and damage to joint will get worse on exercising, and eventually shorten life span due to requiring pain killers/steroids.

    So, big decision: keep bernie in a style he is not accustomed to, hates, and i hate it too, till pain gets the better of him. Or let him be.

    Im going let him be. His quality of life has just taken a massive leap once more. And i have happy bernie, who limps by end of day.
    We can live with that. He came to the beach for the day yesterday, and just thoroughly enjoyed playing in the surf, with all those other water nuts, and a lady bichon that took his fancy to a large extent. Followed her butt for a good hour!

    What i cant live with is holding him back.
    tough love, is not something i'm good at over prolonged durations like this is.

    so, out with broken bernie story, and in with, watch him GO! once more.
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    Glad to hear it! I think I would have made the same decision.

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    Thanks grevillea.
    It sure feels like the right decision.
    I feel free to be the dog owner i truly am. Out there, at sun up on the mountain, me, my dogs, the roos, and that panting sound once more.

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    Hi Bernie

    You'd have to find some way to get "stays" to be as exciting as chasing rabbits...

    And the best reward for a stay - is the release -for dinner or chasing rabbits.

    But if you can get him to do that in more straight lines and less turns or stops, that could be better.

    So Frosty and I practice start line stays - I get her to hold a stay - standing, sitting or drop. If she moves a paw - I laugh at her, and put her back (collar grab is another good game to have), and start over. If she holds a stay - I release her to run at me - sometime I run too, I usually release with my butt towards her and looking back over my shoulder and let her grab a toy on the way past on the side that I had an arm up when I released. And between setting her up to stay and releasing her - I try to fake her out - and faking her out is what makes the game fun for her. Like picking the right moment to pounce... requires focus from her.

    So if I let her run with the toy instead of making her stop and get it, then she does a fairly graceful turn and return with the toy - or she runs into the water at the beach and drops it (argh). Anyway it's not a sudden stop or tight turn. The usual "signal" for that, is I'm running with the toy or I throw it as she gets close to me. If I'm standing still - she's going to have to stop.

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