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Bootskillet 04-05-2014 06:14 PM

WHat age can GSD jump down from suv?
I have heard many opinions from non GSD dog owners and would like to hear your opinions.
Elsa is 13 months old and we have never allowed her to jump down from the back of our suv, we allow her to jump up into it though.
She weighs 75 pounds and if I need to lift her down until she is two, to protect her joints, I will.
Should I even be allowing her to jump up into it?

Ygor2012 04-05-2014 06:34 PM

That's a tough one,Our Vet who is really Good lets her Labs jump from the back of her SUV,Myself I would avoid it.
So opinions will vary I am sure here.

K9POPPY 04-05-2014 07:22 PM

Jumping onto any hard surface is really jarring for any age GSD, especially young ones. I use a foldable plastic ramp wherever possible for all dogs. I just call it insurance for the future- Bob

boomer11 04-05-2014 08:55 PM

Do you think police/military carry their dogs out of cars until 2? Do schutzhund people not practice jumps until 2?

I think people spend too much time reading stuff on the Internet and not enough time applying common sense....

coulter 04-06-2014 02:14 AM


Originally Posted by boomer11 (Post 5331385)
Do you think police/military carry their dogs out of cars until 2? Do schutzhund people not practice jumps until 2?

I think people spend too much time reading stuff on the Internet and not enough time applying common sense....


Mala 04-06-2014 02:18 AM

I started about 6 months. Personally never had any problems.

David Winners 04-06-2014 03:44 AM

I usually have a harness on the dog anyways, so I help them down.

I always let them jump up into the truck as soon as they can manage.

Many LE agencies consider the height of the cruiser used when selecting what vehicles to purchase for K9 units. Some are going to minivans for the lower platform from which the dog will operate from. When a dog is constantly getting into and out of a vehicle, the stress on their front legs and shoulders can put a lot of wear and tear on a dog.

I personally will allow and encourage a dog to jump up onto anything, but when coming down I train them to wait for assistance when possible. Jumping over something in full stride is very different than coming straight down onto their front legs, so obedience or agility jumps are different than dismounting a vehicle or coming down off a low roof.

Many patrol dogs, mine included, reach an early retirement because what we ask of them is hard on their bodies. If the dog doesn't have to pound on it's body to get the job done, I would suggest avoiding it.

JakodaCD OA 04-06-2014 07:33 AM

I have an SUV, I teach all my dogs to put their front feet "up", and go from there..This helps when they get older as well, and they maybe can't jump up into my vehicle,,then I give them a boost.

I also make mine WAIT, when I open that back door, hold them by the collar or harness whatever I have on them and guide them down without them having to "pound" on their front.

If you've ever done agility, A frames are the worst, for a dog to take a beating on their front end..

It IS about common sense, ever see a dog come flying out of the back of an suv and do a "face plant"? hit ice maybe, and screw up their front/shoulder??

What's the big deal with trying to keep them from injuring themselves?

fredh 04-06-2014 08:53 AM

Jake was able to get in and out by himself from 4 months on.

jocoyn 04-06-2014 10:12 AM

I make my dog wait on the tailgate and I either help lower or make him use a ramp as often as possible. Dog is a working dog and he goes through rough terrain and is not babied. I just hold my breath when he is working off a boat hanging over the front knowing there is an engine at the back. BUT. I have seen too many seniors with arthritic shoulders (including one of mine) that I said "enough"

I often wonder if shoulder inflammation from repeated jumping is why Grim's hemangiosarcoma of the muscle presented around a shoulder blade

I have always let mine jump in but I make him wait to do so. I know a dog who broke his back and had to be PTS because when he jumped in the back he hit his chest and fell...............It was very tragic; it was after he found a missing person on a search.

When they get older they sometimes don't clear the jump. It is a sad thing but I have seen this happen frequently to older dogs. Mind is willing, the body isn't.

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