Barron's progress after hip surgery
by Bonnie Hornick
I must have the most bull headed pig headed devil dog Rottie on this earth.
Barron had his right hip replaced 10 days ago at 11 months old He is on very very limited activities. He must be crated, in the house no running jumping or playing. He is only allowed outside on a leash for 5 minutes to pee and poo.
Well Mr Barron does not want to pee or poo on the leash I stand out front which he is not use to. My daughters boyfriend built a ramp to help get him down the 3 steps (thank God for the ramp)I make sure no one or anything is near by when we go out. He walks around sniffing the air not the ground eating dirt and grass until his time is up then I bring him back in get him all settled and then he begins to stare and grumble at me I try not to pay attention to him at this point so I make him wait a little longer and then I do this all over again.
While he is on the leash he is pulling me around the front yard still no pee or poo. Then we come back and in a few minutes he pee's or poo's in his crated spot. I'm about to lose my mind.
So today I put his gentle leader harness on him which is wonderful but Barron hates this too ( to bad) So now Barron is pouting in his crate it is 1:25pm eastern time he had been out 4 different times but has refused to do anything outside or inside right now.
He is so made at me right now he has refused to drink, eat or eat his ice cubes that he loves On the last two trips back in he has decided to stand at the bottom of the ramp and refused to go up it so I had to give he a treat which I keep in my pocket in case I have a problem outside with him. I'm not sure I will survive this. This after care is very critical for his recovery and will take 16 weeks I know 4 months until he can go back to full activities. I have even had my neighbors get their dogs to pee in my yard hoping this would help him out.
I know no one can really help me with this I guess I'm just venting. He is just so use to being free in his fenced in yard, I guess I have to leave him tonight for a little while hope he is still mad at me and sleeps while I'm gone. Thanks,
Bonnie owner of a devil dog. hahahaah
Bonnie- sorry Barron is making this more difficult, but it's probably very frustrating for him and Rotties can be pretty stubborn when they want to be! Can totally understand your need to vent :) All you can do is be as patient and consistent as you can, this stage WILL pass even though it feels endless right now! Barron will adjust. It sounds as though you've got a routine going and are organized, just hang in there.