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Old 09-08-2014, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I have an exercise routine with Ruby with some variation depending on weather and my schedule. I usually play ball/fetch (grassy surface-no jumping) for 5 min before we do our morning 3 mile hike(~45 min) I started putting an empty pack on her last week. We come home train for 10 min. Lunch we play low impact frisbee (also grassy surface... No jumping, unless I accidentally throw too high) combined with training for 15 min or so. Evening we do 5 min ball then about a mile on leash, then another 10/15 min training. If it's the weekend we might swim instead of hike or walk. She seems to get enough naps in between.

But today during ball, I noticed her front paws kinda flapping when she was running back to me. She didn't complain and was upset when I ended the game. I'm always watching her run and walk ... Looking for soreness or injuries. We skipped hike today. Any thoughts on whether this too much for joints/bones? Is this a sign of pano? Should I take out ball/fetch? Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally, that seems like a lot to me. Maybe not harmful, but you're going to create a dog that has to keep going!

My 10 month old trains for about 10 minutes inside right now and plays fetch (ball or Frisbee) in the park for 10-15 reps every other day, we just started tracking once a week and do a few minutes of training when we play fetch...
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Old 09-08-2014, 02:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good point! She does seem to go and go and go. I've lost 5 pounds trying to keep up. (A good thing) Lol. So, I shouldn't worry about floppy front paws, and maybe ween her off a walk and round of fetch?
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I have a pup about the same age and was wondering the same thing. How much is too much and how much is too little.
We try to go on a walk around the neighborhood nightly about 1.5 miles. and play fetch out back for a bit. Its been too hot the past few days for that though. and she always ends up chasing the kitty inside.

I want to do a hike at the end of the month, its 7.5 miles round trip though. I'm thinking thats too much but would like opinions. its not very much of an incline at all. mostly flat.
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post a picture of her standing side ways , feet under her shoulders --
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I'm honestly not sure what you mean by flappy paws. :-/ Downed pasterns?
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Hopefully I uploaded photos correctly. I included a sitz because I noticed that her right paw turns out a bit.

I'll try a video if you want of her floppy front paw gait. I'm not sure how else to describe it.
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She's got nice feet, not down on her pasterns. I'm curious about this gait. lol.
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I made a short video, but I will have to post it later when I go to town where there is wifi. I live in the country and my internet is spotty at best. Look for it around 3pm. Thanks so much for checking this out.
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