A Place to Rest:
Having a safe place to rest and recover is so important! I love using an exercise pen for my dogs. It gives them a little more space than a crate, but it is still restrictive enough to really limit their movement. If you have the funds, it is helpful to have several of these to set up in different rooms. I just have one pen, so it moved with me as I moved around the house. Not a big deal, just not as convenient. It can be helpful to build a frame for the base of the pen for reinforcement if your dog likes to push them around. I used my elevated Kuranda beds, which worked super well at adding reinforcement while also giving her a supportive place to rest.
Medication has been extremely helpful at keeping her calmer and more content. From her first day home to many weeks later, even the sight of her leash got Quin all sorts of bouncy and overexcited. We tried to take a break from medications at around week 2, but we found that it wasn’t worth the potential risk of her re-injuring herself and added medications back in again.
The Take Away:
Like anything else in life, you can prepare and prepare but your “boots on the ground” version will always need some flexibility and some deviation from the plan. That is the hardest part! We need to keep our minds open to how our plans might need to shift as the situation shifts. It is even harder to do that proactively instead of reactively!