August update on Barron's hip recovery
by Bonnie Hornick
Barron went back for another hip check on August 21. His doctor is very happy with his progress.
He now gets to spend some time out of his crate He still has some restriction in the house no running or jumping and no steps ( what else does a puppy want to do hahaha)He also gets 2, 10 minute walks a day for 2 weeks then we up that to 2 12 minute walks for the last 2 weeks then we go back to the doctor for his last set of x-rays and hopefully we are back to normal.
I can't wait until everything is good again. He really needs some training. His obedience training went out the window when I found out about his hips. He really doesn't listen to me, does what he wants most of the time and these walks, I mean him dragging me on the walks has got to stop.
If he sees a rabbit he goes nuts so I go out first and check for critters. Last night it was a baby frog in the road he tried to chase. I have been walking him in the street at night (no cars on road)because there are less smells to deal with. I know my neighbors think I'm nuts.
But he has just gotten very spoiled but he has also been crated 24/7 for three month so I guess it is ok for him to be spoiled, but I do need to get control of him again. Thinking about a trainer that doesn't use food or bribery to get him to do what I want, but we still have 3 weeks before that can happen.
Ok he needs to go out and pee will update after our next appointment
Thanks for listening
Bonnie, sounds as though he's almost out of the woods (well, both of you actually!). That's really good news.
It's not surprising that his training has taken a hit given what he's been through. It's very difficult to train a dog who is confined to a crate for months on end, and can't be walked or exercised normally. Rotties are very smart and I'm sure that once he's back to 100% fitness you will be able to get a handle on it.
Getting help from a professional trainer is a good idea, and some one-on-one lessons would probably give you a good jumping off point. Don't worry too much about trainers not using treats for training.. this isn't bribery, it's just a positive motivational technique and works very well. Obviously you need to phase the treats out gradually once the pup/dog understands what you want from them, but it's easy to do that.
Do let us know how his X-rays turn out. We're all rooting for you. Barron is one very LUCKY boy to have such a patient and loving momma! ~ Sue