We've got a crate barking problem that is really difficult for me to deal with because it happens when I'm not nearby - the minute I pull into the driveway, open the house gate or approach the house he stops (I never even hear him!) The only reason I even know that he barks when I'm away is because our house guards in Kampala have told me and yesterday, when I left him, my Mom (in a different room) said he barked in his crate the whole time - but didn't at all as I was leaving or when I walked back into the house.
As for the crate rest, I'll probably keep it up for 3 months. The vet said he might only need 8 weeks, but since we can't go back for a recheck at 8 weeks (we'll be back in the US in December and will do the recheck then) I want to be better safe. Crate rest doesn't mean in the crate 24/7 - when I'm home I can keep him tethered to me- just have to avoid stairs and jumping - so no way he can be out with my housekeeper during the day because she won't be able to stop him from jumping on the couch. We do have 1 set of stairs - in the yard down to the parking area so have to keep him on leash in the yard to avoid that (thought after 8 weeks I'll probably let him run around the yard just stop him from using the stairs)
Karen - when he started limping again I knew it was going to happen, and after the 2nd tear we knew a third one was possible, but had hoped that the crate rest that time would make it ok. But yes, I'm glad in some ways it was done - this way I don't have to do 3 months of crate rest for a tear and then hope it doesn't happen again (having done that twice already), so this one will be it, at least for that leg
He has been a lot worse in the crate this time compared to other times (whining, etc), but then again how can I blame him - he's not quite 3 1/2 and spent 2-3 months each time (two previous tears) on crate rest, so has spent/ will have spent (including this time) a total of 9 months out of 3 1/2 years on crate rest, so I'm ready for this injury to be done so he can be free again.
The staples are out and it doesn't look too bad - it's healed pretty well I think (and not having the weird haircut emphasizing it has helped
Lucky for me he's a pretty chilled dog, so while I'm home he can just chill on the couch with his himalayan chew... and hopefully we'll get through crate rest with minimal stress (and I have a prescription for a tranquilizer for days we need it