How to Keep a Dog Busy While He Recovers From Surgery

You have finally accepted that your dog will have surgery. You’ve figured out how to pay for it, prepped your home for a post-surgery dog, and are ready to look after your dog while he heals. If you have a high-energy dog, you’ve probably already thought about how you’ll keep him quiet for the next 8–14 weeks while he recovers. Boredom-response behaviors like barking, licking, jumping, whimpering, destruction, or despair are likely to be shown by your dog due to his boredom.

What to Do While Your Dog Is Recovering

Mental stimulation is just as pleasurable for a dog as exercise, so keep his mind occupied while he recovers. Learn more daily activities to keep your dog active and out of trouble while he heals.

1. Replace the food dish with food release items.

These devices turn a three-second feeding session into a psychologically tricky activity by delivering kibble and soft foods such as yogurt, canned dog food, or pumpkin. Start by exposing your dog to these items so he may learn how to use them.

2. If your physician permits it, give your pet a raw bone.

These are available at numerous dog shops and keep your pet occupied for hours. However, they’re messy and should be kept in a box or X-pen.


Post-operative monitoring and pain control are the primary concerns of your pet’s veterinary surgeon. You will also get extensive instructions on how to properly care for your pet at home.

3. Introduce a new game to your dog.

A dog recovering from surgery that requires the use of its eyes, nose, or a single paw may participate in various activities. The Play & Train Kit from Woof it Up includes 80 such exercises that have been tested and modified with dogs wearing e-collars and those with limited mobility. Start by picking a game to play. Your dog will be glad to have something to do, and you will be happy with his progress.

4. Make advantage of the canine’s smell sense.

Certain canines may benefit from being exposed to different scents. Sprinkle a drop of lemon essence on the floor in the same room as the crate (but not in the crate). Change the smell every two or three days with a drop of lavender or vanilla. A single drop of scent placed at least ten feet away from the crate would be sufficient since a dog’s sense of smell is superior to ours. You might also use DAP, a dog-pleasing pheromone. Because it chemically resembles the scent of mother’s milk, many dogs find it calming. Most pet stores have DAP.

5. Use massage and touch activities to help your dog relax.

Both will help your dog’s mind and body relax while improving circulation. Deliberate touch may be good if your dog is depressed after surgery.

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6. Keep the toys interesting by switching them around.

Consider purchasing five new toys in various sizes, materials, and forms. Present them to your dog one at a time. On day two, as you introduce the next new thing, remove the prior one and rotate the items to maintain interest. Nothing brightens a dog’s day like a new toy.