Totally agree!! Don't give him the chance to wreck this surgery!!After such surgery would have thought the surgeon would have insisted on rest, any activity, even going for a wee should be on lead.
Many would advise cage rest but depends on the dog or level of control you have, ours was caged for short periods but spent most of his recovery in a basket in a small penned area, even had one in the garden so he was secure & restricted but could be with us. It really is a time too be over cautious rather than allowing him the chance however small to damage or hurt himself further. Any concerns your surgeon should be there to answer concerns or problems however trivial they might seem.
"all basset have elbow dysplasia it is actual called for in the breed standard"
Edit - Still reeling at this comment ....... I simply can't believe you think this is the case. Animals suffering with hip/elbow dysplasia more often go on to develop arthritis in later life if they make it that far without going lame!! You mean to tell me any Breed Standard would be 'calling for' such a fault? How can any dog with 'dysplasia' be regarded as a sound animal?
If any Breed Standard is really 'calling for' this malformation of the front assembly, it needs REWRITING.