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Old 10-06-2011, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does your dog stretch their hind legs often?

Stella is 8.5 months old and I have not yet had her xrayed for hip dysplasia. I have noticed that many times she stretches her hind legs during the day.

She does it when she gets up either from laying on the floor or on the bed. She does it on occasion after coming out of her crate in the morning. I have a large crate and she only sleeps in there at night. She has free reign to sleep wherever she wants throughout the day.

I try to limit her jumping, but that is not always easy. She wants to leap out of the Durango sometimes, but I do try to grab her harness and slow down her descent from the Durango as often as possible.

She does on occasion jump off and on couches and beds. She walks and runs fine from what I can tell, should I be worried that she stretches a lot or is this part of the growing process?
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Our six year GSD male does it all the time.
I see it as his way of ensuring he is limber for
whatever happens next --- in his DNA?
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Mine also does this and his hips are just fine according to the vet. He did have uap but they checked everything else out and he's good to go I think it just feels good for him to stretch. I know I always twist my back to stretch it out so I figure it's similar to that
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I forget the book name but its written by Brenda Aloff. It's textbook sized with a yellow cover.

It's something like illustrated dog body language maybe?

Anyway in the book it talks about an "i love you stretch"

Both a front leg stretch (similar to a play bow posture) and the hind leg stretch are friendly I like you behaviors. All of my dogs do this to me, to their favorite people at my work, and to each other.

This is not an indication of hip dysplastia. It's ny understanding that it hurts and I can't imagine a dog with hurting hips would purposely stretch themselves in a painful way.
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Dax stretches all the time. Helps keep the blood flowing!
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Wow myself and the OH were just talking about this recently! Rio stretches her back legs all the time. Sometimes for no reason at all. I didnt know it was a good thing and was a bit worried myself. Thats really interesting
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My two year old stretches every time he comes out of this kennel. Even if he's only been in there for a few minutes. He'll also do it at night after we've been sitting on the porch and I tell him it's time to go in.

Here I always thought he was doing it to annoy me...."Yea, I'll be there in a minute..." LOL!
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks all....it's funny that so many of your dogs do the same thing.
My kids told me not to worry that she was doing it to warm up and do her thing...lol.
I like the idea that it is a "I love you stretch" lol..funny.
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I think it's pretty normal for dogs to stretch when getting up from lying down. My dogs also usually stretch whenever I get the leash out, like "ok gotta warm up for my walk!"
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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my dog will stretch his front and rear legs.
why don't you get a ramp for the Durango?
teach your dog to exit the car on command only.
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