Jill has been working to ‘Teddy-proof’ her home so that Teddy can be left alone in the house but without any hazards that could cause him harm.
Our biggest concern is Teddy jumping off of furniture (something he did regularly in his quadruped days).
The focus initially was on having soft landings for Teddy and furniture with very high seats has been removed/relocated. But, in Teddy’s enthusiasm to be a good guard dog, he would often climb onto the back of the sofa and jump from that height. This would be extremely dangerous for Teddy now that he has only one front leg and with arthritis forming in the paw of that leg, too.
Solution: Jill purchased puppy fencing and has permanently attached it to the sofa. Teddy can safely get up on the sofa (with padding on the floor for when he dismounts), but he can’t jump off the back because he’s effectively caged in. (Jill’s husband says that the sofa fencing doesn’t make any difference to the comfort of the sofa. Teddy agrees).
What do you think about her protection efforts?
Teddy continues to improve, although he requires more strengthening in his core, and Jill has made this their new priority.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand