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Old 10-27-2012, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I took Finley to Top in Grayslake yesterday for an evaluation. The trainer was very knowledgeable. He seems to think that w/ the correct training on my part & Finleys part, he has the potential to be a great dog. He said a some of his aggression issues might be from the way I handle him. I hold his leash tight & close to me. He said this puts him in protective mode. When I should be holding it loose, with a quick pop to correct. Of course, thats not 100% of the reason he acts this way, but it made complete sense when he pointed it out.
He gave a few options, one on one training or boot camp to mention a few.

I also took him for xrays today. I am completely shocked by the results. He has absolutely no signs of hip dysplasia. She said his hips actually look really healthy, The only thing going on is he has a small piece of bone floating around near his left hock. Which might be causing some discomfort. But she believes his aggression issues are strictly behavioral.
So now, this just makes things harder. So, back to the drawing board on our options. i will keep you posted on our decision.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Glad to know that you wont be shelling out big bucks for the hips....
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Can they remove the small piece of bone that's floating around?
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I took Finley to Top in Grayslake yesterday for an evaluation. The trainer was very knowledgeable.
Can you send me a PM with the name of the trainer? I used to take my dogs there and know several of them. Some are good and some are bad.
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She recommended to see an orthopedic surgeon to remove it. Depending on what we end up doing w/ him, we may or may not do it. She said it can be pretty pricey.
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Can you send me a PM with the name of the trainer? I used to take my dogs there and know several of them. Some are good and some are bad.

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Old 10-28-2012, 01:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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But she believes his aggression issues are strictly behavioral.
So now, this just makes things harder. So, back to the drawing board on our options. i will keep you posted on our decision.

In my opinion, this makes it easier. Most trainers will tell you right up front that they are training YOU(the person) and then you will take this and learn from it, apply it, and succeed. I have faith in you This is going to be about physical and mental stimulation...the dog needs both.
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Were any xrays taken of his back? Didn't you say he displays signs of discomfort? Not trying to get you to spend more money or think your vet is wrong, just wanted to point out that many times back issues can display as hip/backend problems.
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:10 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes, she took one of the back. He does have difficulty when he gets up from laying down. I'm so surprised that she didnt find anything, shocked actually. She said it could be because he's a very long legged dog, it just takes longer to get up. He could benefit from more muscle mass too. Not sure if that would be any resolution to the problem.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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You may want to get a second opinion. My GSD is tall and doesn't haven't difficulty in getting up.
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