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Old 01-22-2014, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If my dog has mild HD in one hip but is not showing any signs of discomfort would Schutzhund or Agility be a bad idea? I am assuming the running/jump would not be good for her. Should we just stick with the non-jumping Obedience? What about Rally is that bad?
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My dog has unilateral hd. We do some of the agility but not all.talk to the class trainers and see if they can set up a routine for you. Not sure about schutzhund though. Maybe others can help
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My first schutzhund was unilateral mild. She retired due to back issues and not her hip. She was SchH3. Helper I used to train with had a 10X SchH3 dog that was bilateral mild. He lived to be 14 and didn't show any issues until he was 12.
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My female has moderate HD as diagnosed by xrays, not symptomatic. I still train her and let her play her heart out. I would rather allow to her be happy in the now and have to manage pain as she ages than limit her and live with a sad GSD that wants to work.

Edit: We've done schutzhund, agility, and flyball.
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That is encouraging news!
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Work your dog in any venue she enjoys. If she starts to show signs, ease up. Many dogs live and work with mild/moderate dysplasia and never show signs.

You know your dog best. If she seems painful. Stop. Start her now on a Glucosamine supplement. Keep her lean and well muscled. Let her be your guide.


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