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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-02-2012, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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At what age?

At what age should I do a preliminary hip/elbow check? My trainer suggested six months. To be blunt, to make sure she is "worth" putting the money of training in to. At what age would I get a decent/accurate result? Thanks for your help.
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I do mine at 1 year - BUT - I should be doing it earlier since my dogs work quite intensely (schutzhund).

Zefra will be getting hers done at about 1 year though.

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I do mine at 1 year - BUT - I should be doing it earlier since my dogs work quite intensely (schutzhund).

Zefra will be getting hers done at about 1 year though.
I have started her in schutzhund (last week). That is why my trainer said to have her checked. Just to be sure she is up for it.
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I know a lot of people who work their dogs (for high levels of the sport) test around 6-9 months when the growth plates close or fairly close too closing anyways.

To me, I don't do a lot of jumping or strenuous work (outside the norm) that I personally think would hurt them (would they do this anyway? is a question I ask myself) so I wait.

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