A dog recovering from leg surgery needs time to get over the experience. Anesthesia may take several hours to wear off and then your pet must be allowed time to heal, so provide a secure, quiet place that will contain them during this period. Once your pet is more themselves, they may want to start moving around. Follow your veterinarian's advice regardless of how good your dog may seem. Keep them on a leash when you take them outside for toileting purposes, or they may take off on you and do themselves an injury. Dogs are not the best of patients; they want to get moving, they want to be busy. Try to provide a variety of activities that restrict movement but tax their mental abilities. Activities can be a good gentle massage to soothe their body and soul, teaching your dog targeting by getting them to touch an item with a paw or nose, and offering puzzle games to stretch their minds. Remember to reward them with a little treat for all their hard work.
Using a puzzle toy to challenge your dog's mental ability will keep your dog entertained for hours. The Kong toy can be prepared with a lot of hidden treats inside, and your dog will have to learn to poke, prod, turn and shake the toy to get a reward. While it isn't a tough physical game, it will challenge them to focus and work out how to get those yummy treats out. There is a range of toys that can be stuffed with treats and they are perfect for a housebound dog who is recuperating from leg surgery. If your dog has never had a toy like this before, they may need your help to discover that the more they work on it, the more treats they get! Encourage your dog to get every single treat, and they will have earned themselves a good rest afterwards.