How do pets respond to surgery?

Hello! I have a 2-year old puppy who is fairly active. He's about 30 lbs, and I've scheduled walks for him during the day for the first week of recovery. I'm nervous he's going to want to play with me as we normally do, especially while I'm laying in bed. Does anyone know if dogs can sense that you're in recovery?

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  • We have 3 dogs, 2 are calm and obedient and 1 Doberman puppy who doesn鈥檛 realize he鈥檚 75lbs. 馃槀 He鈥檚 my snuggle bug at night so we actually boarded him for 4 nights so I could rest a bit. Tonight will be his first night home and I鈥檓 hoping he picks up on the cues that I鈥檓 not feeling too hot. 

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      • mzbrunette
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      Goodlife22 Aww, thats sweet! How did he do on his first night back? Was he picking up on it?

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  • I have two dogs one was a puppy at the time of my surgery and my other was 4 years but a German Shepherd so still really active. I had someone walk my dogs for me for the first week like you, then my parents watched them for another week. I lived in an apartment at the time so I couldn鈥檛 take any possible tugging on a leash for a couple weeks. My dogs were clueless of my surgery lol

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      Haley Danielle Aww, that's cute. How long after your surgery did you start to give them walks?

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    • mzbrunette a couple weeks I think. My dogs are good off leash so I would take them out to potty when we were in our apartment without their leashes. Linger walks id say at least 2 weeks or so on leash 

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  • I have 2 dogs one an 80lb german long haired shepherd and a 90lb catahoula and they both don鈥檛 know personal space.  I have someone to walk them everyday for at least the first week and will decide after. I wish I had a better answer for you. I do know but when I don鈥檛 feel good they wanna snuggle but I鈥檓 hoping they get it after surgery no snuggling 

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  • Mine carried on as his usual crazy self! He鈥檚 not the most affectionate generally though 馃槄 He was just his jolly old self. I had someone else walk him for the first week just because I would have felt awful if he wasn鈥檛 getting any exercises because of me. By the end of the first week I had a dodgy contraption to take him for walks - I used a leather belt and put it through the handle of his lead, and buckled it around my waist ! 馃槄 thankfully it was winter so I could wear a big coat over the top to hide it, but I walked him every day for the first 6-7 weeks like this 鈽猴笍

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      • mzbrunette
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      courta13 that鈥檚 such a good idea! I鈥檓 going to do that for sure!

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      mzbrunette they also make leashes that go around the waist. I鈥檝e been walking my doggo with that at night and it鈥檚 wonderful. 

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  • I have a 5 month old 60 pound lab and he definitely doesn鈥檛 know I鈥檓 recovering. 馃槀馃槀 Hes wild. The first week after surgery a friend took him during the day to play with her doggo, and this week he鈥檚 gone to doggy daycare a couple times. It helps a ton for him to run his energy out! 

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      Katie Lynn That's smart! By the time he comes home I'm sure he's wiped. My dog goes on group walks during the day so I'm hoping that helps :)

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