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Old 05-04-2013, 08:21 AM
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Default Gusto's on rest again.... Ideas?

Why oh why do these things always happen when it is spectacular weather and trial season and trail riding season and you have a million things you want to do?

Gusto is lame again, and I want to whine like a little kid. It's the same bicep; obviously it didn't get rested enough the first time. It was hard for the vet to get much info at all, because it's such an intermittent thing, she could never see him off. Once in a while I'd watch him jump off a chair or something and think I still saw something, but I wrote it off as paranoia. But Wednesday evening, when I went to take the dogs out in the meadow with me while hacking Tristan, he was very clearly lame. We turned right around and went home, and called the vet in the morning.

I actually taped the lameness on my phone this time when I saw it, so the vet didn't think I was insane. We also got one or two off steps out of him moving him around outside during his appointment. He's back on partial rest (Unlimited leash walking on good footing, take him swimming, even a little running on good footing is not a huge issue) but no hiking, no agility, no trail rides. I should be grateful it isn't full crate rest, but mostly I want to just throw a fit.

He's going in for laser weekly, and we have a bunch of exercises to work on at home in between. Four to six weeks. This is Vermont, that's half our good weather.

We've got our exercises from the vet, and I'm going to see just how far we can take It's Your Choice while we are resting. Most of our regular training stuff (agility, Recallers, Crate Games) is out, because of all the sudden movements and turns and running and such. I'm trying to the think of other things we can be working on in the meantime that will make me grateful when he's ready to go back to work. He does have a lot of distraction issues, especially with sniffing. Any other ideas of stuff to do for the next month or two?

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