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01-15-2014 11:03 PM
***Beth*** Here's a pic from 5 minutes ago. His hind legs have straightened up a lot since I first got him. He still never jumps onto furniture etc but is ok with getting up on his hind legs to jump straight up or look at counters (just started this a week or so ago, deterring this behavior).
01-15-2014 03:09 PM
Blanketback My pup was very clumsy at that age too, but I think it was because he wasn't used to how large he'd gotten. He kept walking into tables and chairs that he'd previously been able to go under - then bam, his poor little head, lol. I wouldn't get too worried about that image - that looks like a bulldog. You can't compare the two.
01-15-2014 02:54 PM
Backward awareness

To help teach the back command try making a narrow alley way to the dogs dish at meal time where he can only get out by backing up. Do a short alley at first so he doesn't get freaked out. I use a wall that leads to a corner and make the other wall up with what ever, like boxes or chairs. This will get him to back up on his own after he eats. Once he seems to be comfortable backing up add the ladder or objects so he has to take notice and navigate to get past them.
01-15-2014 02:46 PM
***Beth*** Saw this picture and if true then he definately has a hock issue. In your link, he looks a lot like the cow hock b picture in his normal stance. I'll get better pics tonight.

Is there anything I can do to help him? What does this mean healthwise...?

01-15-2014 01:33 PM
carmspack sickle hocks anyone -- no flex , would be like running on uneven ground with high heels on versus running shoes . About German Shepherd Dog : GSD Hindquarters | Hindquarters in German Shepherds
01-15-2014 11:56 AM
***Beth*** I was concerned about his hips and had them xrayed after a vet said she thought he showed signs of hip dysplacia. The xrays came back clean.
01-15-2014 11:52 AM
carmspack might be more than incoordination though .
01-15-2014 11:49 AM
Chip18 It sounds like Ataxia, we got our Blk GSD, Rocky as a rescue at 7 months in 2005. He was from a BYB.

He moves like Scoby Doo but is other wise health. But yep video would be helpful.
01-15-2014 11:45 AM
***Beth*** I'll update with a better and recent pic tonight, these are from a few months ago.

Thanks, I'll review the video tonight.
01-15-2014 11:12 AM

Try doing the pot. I am working on this with my dogs right now. We just started Sunday and I can already tell a difference in the way they use their back legs. Also you can lay a ladder on the ground and have the dog walk through it and work towards running through the rungs.
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