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Old 12-29-2012, 04:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have heard from a couple of people lately, that when a dog sits sideways, instead of straight, it means their hip is hurting them. Also, when laying down, instead of straight, lying down on the side can mean the same. I know that when my old newfie/lab mix was recuperating from his ccl tear, he tended to not sit straight....like that puppy sitting thingie they do. And that was part of his rehab....to sit straight. I hope I am making sense. Anyhow, is this true? Or is it just something dogs do sometimes????
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Sounds just like a normal puppy sloppy sit to me, not a hip problem...

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No idea if its true, but I've heard this from a few people as well.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sloppy sit does not mean bad hips. Get xrays if you want to know for sure.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am not overly concerned but just curious. Should she be allowed a sloppy sit? Is it like a human sitting kind of slouched instead of straight??
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I've also heard it but personally have never found it to be true!!! I've been shocked at hip x-ray results ... have thought a Hooligan had HD and didn't ... have thought a Hooligan had good hips and didn't.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Training takes care of sloppy sits. My fav method is to teach them against a straight surface like a wall or fence. The fence corrects the sit and after a few sessions, they sit straight.
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many times it is a result of conformation , especially when there is more rear and a difficient front , short in the upper arm . The front leg can't get in under if all the rear is collected , so the rear compensates the extra length by going to the side .
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Stella generally sits straight. Just every now and again she gets sloppy. The last time was after a loooong walk when we stopped to talk to someone. So I can put this issue to bed and find something else to worry/wonder about.
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