I just have to ask all you lab owners a question. We just had our 6 month old lab neutered and we were told he has to take it easy for 10 days. Well, the next day he was acting like nothing happened. Wanting to play with his toys, run, jump, and pretty much act normal.
Has anybody else run across this? I called the vet, and he said to come get some drugs to calm him down. After 1/2 a pill, he is still wanting to play and bringing me his toys! Tonight I am going to put his toys away, and see if that helps.
That's pretty normal. You could try some Benedryl to quiet him down. You could also keep him leashed to you so he can't run around for a few days.
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I took all his toys and put them away. I did leave his bone out. So far, it seems to be working.
We will see how it goes.
it's normal but very important to keep them calm by any means you can! even if it means keeping him on leash in the house when you are home
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
We have not had any luck keeping him in the kennel from day one. He will bark, whine, pee, and poo if left in the kennel. His water and food are in there, but he does not like it.
If we leave him alone, or are out of sight for even 5 minutes he has a fit! It's like we left him all alone for hours. We did have to kennel him at the vet to make a 1 day trip out of town. They said he was OK. After he was neutered, when he came out of it, they had to separate him due to barking.
We feel trapped not being able to leave him home alone. Any suggestions?
You really have to train him for the crate. If you always give in to his bad behavior when he's in the crate, he is basically training you. There is plenty of info on here about training a dog to a crate. It'll just be harder now that he's older.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Sharon is right. It gets harder when they are older. I like mine crate trained so if they need to be over night at the vet or any other need for a crate they go to it without too much stress....preferrably none at all.
Erns was 3.5 and hated the crate, but slowly getting him in high value treats and not shutting the door until he felt relaxed, then shutting it for a few moments. As soon as he became stressed I let him out or sat in it with him. Took about a week and his crate is his "man cave" where he goes to relax.
Tessa was 5 when I got her last year and she has only just started going to it herself. I sit in it with her or beside her if the door is closed. She came from a bad home so who knows what happened so don't push it.
With a pup it shouldn't take too long with patience treats, and making it a fun place. At first I never use the crate for punishment. I used the laundry. Now Erns knows when I say "crate" he scuttles to it as he knows he is in big trouble.