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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Lack of body awareness

My 6 months female is very clumsy and want to see if anyone has similar experience and if it's something I should worry about.

This morning while playing tug on a pajama pant that she ripped up, she made a clockwise turn about me and fell onto her left front leg. She let out a small scream and started holding up that leg and it swayed like it was broken. So I made her lay down to check on the leg. It seemed fine and she got up few seconds after that walking normally. Few weeks ago, while chasing me around a backyard pool, she kicked her right front leg into a big plant pot next to the pool. She screamed for a while and after some babying from me she got up and walked normally. When she gets excited she seems to forget where her legs are.

Is this normal still for a 6 months old?? When she was younger and much shorter, she'd tumble all over the place with reckless abandon when playing. But now she's taller it hurts her when she falls and I thought by now she'd learn how to balance herself. Is this normal????
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 11:14 AM
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It's normal for many people, let alone dogs

Unless taught about their body and how large it is, they generally do crash around into things, plus at 6mos., this is just the tip of the iceburg.

Dogs don't have a sense of "self" - if you watch them look into their own reflection, you know that. So having a sense of self and how big their body is or how much space it takes up is really beyond their thinking capacity.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 12:14 PM
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It is most probably her going thru the clumsy stage that they all go through, and she might be experiencing some pano (growing pains) which is also normal.

karen, mom to:
ace-gsd (bi-color) 6/14/2010
mandy-yellow lab 1/31/2009
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both for the assurance. The other non-GSD small breed dogs I had never run into things like she does so I thought maybe she might have some neurological issues. On the other hand, she's the most excitable dog I ever owned.
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