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02-15-2014 08:41 PM
MissLilyBean boomer11 - From what I read, it has to do with damaging their joints while they're still developing. The thing is, I never heard this in all my years of having Cocker Spaniels. I never paid attention to their jumping. And not that it's related, but Sweet Pea is the first Cocker I've ever had that has HD/joint issues.

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02-15-2014 07:37 PM
Originally Posted by Galathiel View Post
No jumping until grown for my pup .. 18-24 months. I try to make sure he doesn't do any voluntary jumping of his own volition, but certainly nothing higher than his elbows.
why is jumping bad? i always thought jumping down from things are bad because of the impact. care to explain to me why jumping up is bad?

i mean jumping up to something as simple as a bed or couch is not going to give your dog hd. that ridiculous. your dog either has hd or it doesnt.
02-15-2014 07:28 PM
Galathiel No jumping until grown for my pup .. 18-24 months. I try to make sure he doesn't do any voluntary jumping of his own volition, but certainly nothing higher than his elbows.
02-15-2014 10:08 AM
MissLilyBean Thank you for the reminder on the jumping! After all the research I've done, I'd almost forgotten about that. I should keep her from high jumping until she's full grown right? Or is it earlier than that?
02-15-2014 09:57 AM
CMorton I agree with the above post :-)
02-15-2014 09:24 AM
doggiedad 1 >>> a lot of dogs do sit lke that. my last dog sat like that
but his trainer didn't allow because they look better when they're gathered.

2 >>> she's probably not strong enough to jump on the bed or sofa
besides you don't want her jumping at 4 months old.

3 >>> don't know about holding her legs close together.

Originally Posted by MissLilyBean View Post
I just got a new GSD (as a rescue of sorts). She's probably about 4 months old. I'm making her an appointment on Monday for a quick checkup and shots. I'm thinking I might ask them to check for HD as well. Here's why:
  • 1 >>> She sits funny, usually with her legs to one side or underneath (instead of up against her body).
  • 2 >>> She won't jump on the bed or couch. Instead, she tries to pull herself up with her front legs.
  • 3 >>> Sometimes she seems to hold her rear legs closer together when she walks.
Other than all these things, she plays pretty well. She's very active and doesn't seem to be in any pain.

I might be overthinking it because I've already had to deal with HD in our Cocker, Sweet Pea. (None of those signs manifested in Sweet Pea. At least not that I noticed. It took her leg coming completely out of socket at 3am before we knew there was a problem - and x-rays confirmed it.)

I guess I'm just looking for y'all to ease my mind until it's time for the vet. Any takers? :-/
02-15-2014 12:16 AM
Colie CVT When I first got Doyle, I was nervous about how close his hocks were when he was standing and how angular his legs were. It was like they were just too long for his body. He's a month older than when I got him and he has certainly stretched out! His hocks rarely touch back there any longer, though he still sits kind of back on his rump with his legs splayed out.

I had a dog who had really severe HD (when she was a puppy, if she got frog legged she would yelp and struggle to get up) so I am fairly familiar with the signs. Thankfully this guy isn't showing similar signs to Kenai, but more to your puppy lol. They definitely have a gangly phase.
02-14-2014 11:15 PM
MissLilyBean [QUOTE=Eiros;5024074]Try not to worry, I know it's hard! I fret over my rescue pup too! Let us know what the bet thinks too

I certainly will!
02-14-2014 11:08 PM
Originally Posted by MissLilyBean View Post
Well that makes me feel a little more at ease, Eiros. Thank you. I'm just really gunshy with this stuff after all we've been through with Sweet Pea. I suppose I freak out too much sometimes.

Try not to worry, I know it's hard! I fret over my rescue pup too! Let us know what the bet thinks too

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02-14-2014 10:49 PM
MissLilyBean Loneforce - Yeah. There's a lot of unknowns about this pup and my never having a breed like this doesn't help. Haha! We'll certainly know more once we get her in. I'll have plenty of questions to drive them bonkers with.
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