Bernie is a mature GSD, who tore his CL, we did moderation management with him. He recovered, with a very nasty gait. Has never ever shown pain, though my vet assures me, he will be in considerable amount of this at this stage of arthritis.
Pain killers turn his guts to liquid, opiate based and he cant poo and becomes constipated.
supplements going in for joints and arthritis.
Here is the problem. Every day we work him. For 45 mins each morning. Now he is not allowed to. "work him" = round up cows, ducks, us, tracking, and water retrieving. Every day.
Now, he must stop, and become a couch potatoe. Under vets orders. I explained, he wont like that. And we are on day 2 of him not coming out. He's very distressed, it breaks my heart. This is hurting more than his leg i believe!
I have to walk the other 2, but must leave him behind. He is the pack leader, this has upset the other dogs, that can hear him screaming from across the fields, and are running back n forth when he calls out.
I know its only 2 days in, but has anyone got experience of working line dogs, who have worked daily, being told to stop. How do you get them to do this?
Forget puzzle balls type distractions, they take him a nano second.
He is very high prey drive, spent his 2nd year doing schutzhund, where i built drive to fever pitch and learned to work him in that zone. He loved it. I loved it, and for 7 yrs we have both been enjoying this. Now i cant get him to stop.
I asked about a sedative, and was told not appropriate, as it would need to be too high a dose and would cause problems with guts also.
Im at my wits end, and have been in tears on my walks, my best mate is not at my side, i can hear his screaming for my entire walk of the others.
This is so not working.
I have considered, is this PTS time? I need to give this a real hard go, to retrain him to be a couch potatoe first. But his qaulity of life has taken a sudden dive.
He takes a fair while to get out of bed on these 2 degree's mornings, but once upright, turns into Bernie again, but with this awful gait, where his patella is slipping out of socket on each step forward. At a run, it seems to stay in somehow.
My vet suggests PTS time is very close, because of what sort of dog he is. He says i am unlikely to change his drive, after 7 yrs of training it in. That from bernie's perspective, he is no longer able to do most of what he loves. His jobs.