If all goes well, we are getting my 6-7 month old puppy Missy spayed at a spay/neuter clinic nearby, in the next week or two. I know that afterwards she's not supposed to jump around for two weeks or so, so she won't bust a stitch. But jumping around is Missy's whole life lol.. She's so full of energy; it's going to be the longest two weeks of our lives! I don't know how in the world I'm gonna keep her up for soo long. Anyway, my dad is building an extra-large box for her to stay in while she's recovering. I need to know bascially everything about crate training a puppy that one should know. Everything from potty training, to keeping her from going insane :) ANY advice or help on anything to do with crate training would be much appreciated! Thanks guys.
CountryGal, I know you said jumping around was your pups entire life but really she needs to settle and get some training so she is not doing that. It's time for her to grow up LOL, shucks those pups have to grow up and train.
She will need to be calm and kept quiet, that is true but quite honestly if your puppy is not yet trained and crate trained, she could actually do more damage when all of a sudden asked to stay in a crate. I would also suggest you do the surgery on a Friday so you have the weekend to watch her and ensure she does not get too wild. I would make sure she has an E collar on so she can not lick the or bite at the stitches.
I hope she is crate trained. Really that's all you need with an E collar and that would solve your problem.
I just re read, sorry, she's 6-7 months old and not even crate trained? You do have your work cut out for you. Crate train her and I might suggest some good obedience training fast to clam her down.
Countrygal, start crate training her right now! Get her to go in the crate with treats, for a short time, and just leave the door open. Slowly start shutting the door. Let her out after a while. When you go to put her in her crate after the spaying, make sure it's covered with a blanket, and beside your bed. Good luck, this won't be easy.
Do you want her crate trained other then for the recovery of the spaying?? If so I will help, if not don't bother to train her!
Keep her calm a day or so and she will be fine. Blaze was running and playing with no lamp shade in two days. The younger the faster they bounce back. Each dog is different but it really isn't that bad of recovery for most.
Crate training is easy. Never force the dog in the crate. Just use treats to get them in. Never pull them out. The crate is a good safe place for them. just ask the dog to go in, give it a bone or a kong full of PB. In a couple of days the dog will beg to go in the crate. That's pretty much crate training.
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About the not jumping around for two weeks.... my vet said the same thing after we got our 7 month old pup spayed just about three weeks ago. It was a little bit more of a struggle because we also have a 4 month old pup and our older dog goes wild when she's around the younger one. Anyways, I kept her crated for about three days, letting her in and out separately to go potty, but then it just got ridiculous. She was miserable whining non stop and wanting desperately to play. I finally gave in and slowly let her ease into her routine and by day four she was back to her normal self. The pups played, jumped, and wrestled around a bit. She was fine not a single stitch out of place. I think vets can be a little over protective. We let her just continue on as normal from that point on, she even went to obedience class. When she went to get her stitches out he said they looked great. So definitely keep an eye on her but you dont have to lock her up for two weeks. Try to keep her some what calm, but keep in mind that she is a puppy and is bound to play and jump around a bit. She should be fine, it takes quite a bit to bust stitches I hear.