Now that Penny's feeling good after her operation, we're needing to entertain her for part of the day, in order to keep her from going stir crazy at the eternal confinement.
So, we're trying out some of our old 'kitchen tricks'. I tried to be careful to put the rewards down on the floor so she wouldn't jump to get them, but I was too slow once or twice.
I found a great list at the Yahoo group devoted to orthopaedic issues, Orthodogs - a group moderated by very knowledgeable and generous people.
Some of the suggested activities that look promising for us are:
nose touch to target - with increasing duration
paw touch (haven't ever learned that)
Leash manners (hmm... we're now finding out we could have done more with that in the past!)
find my one - scent discrimination
urinate on cue (oh, if only we'd achieved that, life would now be easier)
defecate on cue (I can't see that ever happening!)
use a specific place as the toilet (I wish!)
bark on cue
crate enter and stay with door open
ring bell with nose
smile - capture this with clicker when it spontaneously happens
stop/freeze on cue
put away the toys
cock your head to one side
shake your head
There are some in this list we know, so they'll be the ones we start with.
After all, we've got six weeks to perfect them - sigh...
Here we are doing some known ones. I'm really pleased Penny is using her hind leg, and I only hope we didn't overdo it this evening. I guess tomorrow we will see how she is.