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Old 12-01-2013, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bullet seems to be attracted to injuries. He's only 4, and has already broken his leg and been shot (before I was in the household), not to mention the few times the horses have stomped him (he refuses to leave them alone, so he gets tied when I'm feeding now).

Daddy wants to train him in narcotics detection, but hasn't started his training, and Bullet has a high "please the family" drive. I know if he had a "job" to do, he'd be so much happier. Don't get me wrong, he isn't unhappy now, but I know it could be better, you know?

Does anyone know of any good "sports" he could participate in (aside from fetch and chasing the cat) that wouldn't be too rough on his joints?
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K9 Nosework would be good. Depending on the type of injuries and whether there are related problems (arthritis, pain, etc) you can do quite a few sports and just not push it real hard.
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What leg did he break, how severely and does he have any issues from it (arthritis, didn't heal correctly, etc.)?

Are there other injuries that he's sustained other than bumps and bruises (they really shouldn't affect what sports he can participate in)?

Has he ever had any muscular injuries (such as a torn ACL)?
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Bullet broke a front leg (I'm not sure which, as it was before I was in the family) and I think he was shot in the left hip. He sits funny, but other than that, he seems to be fully mobile with no issues. He has no "stop" to him - loves to run around all crazy with the kids (and horses...ugh) but Daddy doesn't want him to do much "stressful" work because of said injuries. (Personally, I think he's healed fine and would be fantastic as a SchH dog, even if he never competes)
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I would get him evaluated by a good vet to verify how well the injuries have healed and if there's any residual damage. My friend's puppy broke her leg in a fluke accident and with all the right healing and physical therapy she still plans to compete in agility (she has a working stock Border Collie). He may be able to do just about anything, or you may need to avoid sports with jumping/impact.
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My last vet visit with Bullet said all was well with him, though we didn't do X-rays or anything. He has never shown signs of being sore or stiff, though I want him to live a full, happy life.

He goes back to the vet in a month or so for routine shots, I'll see if they can't do a real good exam to find out what he should/shouldn't do, activity wise.
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