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Old 04-13-2014, 06:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
Harry and Lola
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The problem with a ball launcher is that she may sprint really fast after the ball and then suddenly stop to get the ball. I would be worried about the impact this sprint and sudden stop may have on my 1 1/2 girls joints.

My two are ball driven, so I give each one a medium size ball to hold in their mouths while I kick a larger ball around. They are extremely happy with this type of ball play - it satisfies their herding and prey drives and they don't sprint, they do what a GSD is suppose to do - trot. Much better for their hips and elbows, not to mention it really helps with developing their gait.
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if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.

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