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Puppy with broken leg

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Our puppy broke his leg 2 1/2 weeks ago when he was just 12 weeks old, and had to have surgery. For the first 2 weeks we had to keep him confined to a crate almost exclusively, which we did. We were able to take him out and hold him when he was sleeping or very calm, but if he started to jump around it was back in the crate. Now the vet says that as an alternative we can tether him to something heavy and keep him somewhere where he has a very small area to roam, as long as that area is carpeted. We've been doing that for the past few days, moving him from room to room with me as I work. He gets a lot more physical contact that way as opposed to when he was in the crate. However I just read an SPCA article on how bad it was to keep dogs tethered for long periods of time, and now I don't know what to do. He seems happier on the leash than in the crate because people are always petting him and interacting with him. That's kind of hard to do with him in a crate. But I don't want to hurt him socially. I have 4 more weeks before he can run around, and I'm agonizing over how to best care for him during that time. The vet has given me plenty of advice for keeping him healthy, but I need to know how to best keep him happy.
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Abbylynn - thank you for the feedback. He broke his left front leg jumping off a step in our backyard. He was chasing a ball around the yard, and it looked like he just landed wrong off the step. He's a foxhound, lab, mix. I've tried setting up a play yard for him, but he seems to think we're challenging him to jump over it or knock it down. I hadn't though of a playpen. I haven't even seen one in ages. Maybe e-bay would have one. I do put him in a porta-crib while I'm working in my office, just so we can be together, but he's not overly thrilled with it. We have been going on regular outings so he gets to see people and meet other dogs. The vet says it's ok as long as he doesn't get too wild with the dogs. Holding and carrying him is kind of tough for me at this point. He weighs about 23 lbs. and he just pushes away from me to get down and walk (kind of like my kids did when we were toddlers).
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