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LoveDogs 04-02-2014 12:16 PM

Laying down/Hip Dysplasia
 
I've been going to socialization class. In a previous post, I stated my dog seems to like to lay down quite a bit, he does what is asks but then is just content laying down watching when the trainer is explaining things. The trainer then asked me if he lays down during a walk. I stated no, if he's doing something he romps around or only if he's tired he'll lay down or watching something he will sit or lay down. The trainer told me that it's an early sign of hip dysplasia (to lay down like he does). Even though it's not a guarantee, his parents have good hips. I am concerned now since a trainer would naturally be around more dogs than I have to know signs, but I am smart enough to know that no one knows everything. His gait is not abnormal and when he plays he certainly plays hard. He does not have pain with palpitation and doesn't have difficulty when getting up or when going in to a laying position. Should I be concerned? He is 12 weeks old tomorrow, the trainer said this 2 weeks ago and I've been stressing out about this since then.

TigervTeMar 04-02-2014 12:26 PM

hmmm...I don't think so. their joints haven't even finished fusing yet at that age. they're still growing and whatnot. like with all puppies watch the high-impact activities and puppy's weight, you know the drill. I definitely wouldn't stress about it

Shade 04-02-2014 12:50 PM

I wouldn't let one statement get you down. Puppies need to rest, growing up is hard work remember ;) If it really worries you then wait a few months and then get proper xrays taken and sent to OFA for prelims.

K9POPPY 04-02-2014 02:00 PM

You will get 100 answers to your question here- some good, some BAD- but regardless, puppies require adequate rest- DON'T WORRY- IMHO, Bob

Diesel7602 04-03-2014 02:25 AM

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Originally Posted by LoveDogs (Post 5311777)
I've been going to socialization class. In a previous post, I stated my dog seems to like to lay down quite a bit, he does what is asks but then is just content laying down watching when the trainer is explaining things. The trainer then asked me if he lays down during a walk. I stated no, if he's doing something he romps around or only if he's tired he'll lay down or watching something he will sit or lay down. The trainer told me that it's an early sign of hip dysplasia (to lay down like he does). Even though it's not a guarantee, his parents have good hips. I am concerned now since a trainer would naturally be around more dogs than I have to know signs, but I am smart enough to know that no one knows everything. His gait is not abnormal and when he plays he certainly plays hard. He does not have pain with palpitation and doesn't have difficulty when getting up or when going in to a laying position. Should I be concerned? He is 12 weeks old tomorrow, the trainer said this 2 weeks ago and I've been stressing out about this since then.

My puppy started puppy classes too. He did the same thing and layed down by my feet the whole time, unless he was asked to do something. The trainer said it was to be expected since its a new place and a lot of smells going on. Exp since a lot of dogs been in and out of there. Just keep taking him, he will start getting comfortable with time and be out of his shell. Hopefully this is the reason and not the other. Good luck to you and your pup.=)

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