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Old 01-15-2014, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

My GSD is 5 months today. I got him from a byb at just under 3 months and he was a bit underfed and needed to build up muscle, especially in his back legs. He's finally up to a good weight and he's getting much better with his gait, stairs and general use of his rear legs etc. I want to work with him to make him more aware of his body, especially where his back legs are so he is hopefully more careful of where he walks and what he runs into. He runs around and his rear tends to swing to the side causing it to hit tables and chairs etc sometimes knocking things over. He's had a few close calls with things almost hitting him.

I am looking for ideas for tricks or activities that I can work with him on that he needs to be aware of footing or where his body is so that he hopefully gains a better spacial relation between himself and his surroundings. Any ideas or tips would be helpful.

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is it at all possible to post a picture of this dog standing , a sideways view please. This will let us see the conformation and over all condition that may be responsible for this clumsiness
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Try doing the pot. I am working on this with my dogs right now. We just started Sunday and I can already tell a difference in the way they use their back legs. Also you can lay a ladder on the ground and have the dog walk through it and work towards running through the rungs.
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I'll update with a better and recent pic tonight, these are from a few months ago.

Thanks, I'll review the video tonight.
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It sounds like Ataxia, we got our Blk GSD, Rocky as a rescue at 7 months in 2005. He was from a BYB.

He moves like Scoby Doo but is other wise health. But yep video would be helpful.
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might be more than incoordination though .
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I was concerned about his hips and had them xrayed after a vet said she thought he showed signs of hip dysplacia. The xrays came back clean.
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sickle hocks anyone -- no flex , would be like running on uneven ground with high heels on versus running shoes . About German Shepherd Dog : GSD Hindquarters | Hindquarters in German Shepherds
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Saw this picture and if true then he definately has a hock issue. In your link, he looks a lot like the cow hock b picture in his normal stance. I'll get better pics tonight.

Is there anything I can do to help him? What does this mean healthwise...?


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Default Backward awareness

To help teach the back command try making a narrow alley way to the dogs dish at meal time where he can only get out by backing up. Do a short alley at first so he doesn't get freaked out. I use a wall that leads to a corner and make the other wall up with what ever, like boxes or chairs. This will get him to back up on his own after he eats. Once he seems to be comfortable backing up add the ladder or objects so he has to take notice and navigate to get past them.
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