Crate Rest Activities for Dogs after Back, Hip, Leg Injuries, ACL or TPLO, Heartworm treatmentetc





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Published on Apr 14, 2013

Dogs that have their activity restricted (are on crate rest) get bored, especially active dogs. Sometimes its too hot outside for active games. The best way to help them cope is to use their brains. The bonus is that they know some additional behaviors when they are ready for activity or the weather cools off.
Here is a list of links that will start you off in training the various behaviors.
Some are videos, some are links to training descriptions. Some have extra instructions below them.
Other simple activities are giving your dog a stuffed frozen bone or Kong or food puzzles. I would avoid 'bark and quiet' since the dog is confined and barking may become a default behavior when frustrated.
What other activities do you use? Add them in the comments below.
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All of the various targeting behaviors are just variations of the nose target. Start with a few cued nose targets, drop the cue, then just slightly modify the position of you hand. Do this stages until you get a chin target. For the nose bridge, start back at the nose, and modify the position of your hand over the dog's nose until she pushes it between your index finger and thumb. For the loop target, start by having the dog target your hand with the loop held between the nose and your hand.
For the touch and hold, just add duration before clicking a nose touch, or ask for two and click the longest one.
Capturing a lip lick http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpc3rA... (Jessie's curl was captured this way)
Capturing head tip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jJDu1...
Ring Toss Once your dog can pick up objects and drop them in a specific location, use the ring and replace the container with an upright stick. Shape the dog to target the ring to the stick, then the top of the stick, then drop the ring over the stick.
Cover Your Face http://youtu.be/fc3X6pI3FrI (captured when scratching her eyes or place a piece of tape on the side the the dog's head.)
Muffin Tin Game http://youtu.be/7WtNmr1oShw
Shell Scent Game http://youtu.be/6mQrS6n4kJU
Scent Discrimination. I used metal mason jar rings. Smeared cheese lightly on one and clicked when the dog picked it up. Then added a second one that I had not handled and clicked when she picked up the correct one. Over time, fade the cheese scent and just held it in my hand. From there add more rings. Repeat with wood dumbbells and other objects that had not been recently handled.
Left and Right http://viassistancedogs.blogspot.ca/2...
Shaping the light switch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DWbV5...
Shaping the dog to hold smaller and smaller objects and to Put Them Away (toys, objects etc) http://viassistancedogs.blogspot.ca/2...
Teaching Take http://youtu.be/5phL604aZDA
Teaching Paw Target http://youtu.be/Fg5CnHZcLeM
Once both behaviors are consistent and on cue, practice a few of each before alternating, clicking only for correct choices. If the dog chooses incorrectly, reset the behavior (no click or treat) and let the dog try again. Here's a video that shows this with different behaviors: tug and shut http://youtu.be/Z5ZhETIMnLw
Object discrimination (Names of Objects) http://youtu.be/9cDzgEa4Ado

Here's an extra activity that uses the front end of the dog. This little daxie is blind and has just had surgery on her hind legs, has no use of her back legs yet she still wants to participate! http://youtu.be/UTec2Myh_ow The activities work for disabled dogs too!


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