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Muscle Tone In GSD's

Is this something that is natural or are there ways to improve it? For example, my GSD is tall and lean, but I would like to see more muscle tone in the rear legs. Will this happen on its own as she fills out? She runs fine and she is quick, but I think she's at an awkward stage(10 months) and she would be considered petite if she wasn't so tall. Am I wording this right? Does anyone understand what I'm trying to say...its been a long week

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Lots of swimming, walking on pebble or sand, or walking up hill.

Swimming would be the best at this age for that.

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This is my 15 month old female, I think she has excellent muscle tone. She swims, hikes and runs often. We also train in schutzhund and do some dabbling in other things (agility and herding).






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Lots of swimming, walking on pebble or sand, or walking up hill.

Swimming would be the best at this age for that.
I got me a GSD that doesn't care for water, unless I'm in the shower

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Then I would try the other suggestions, just be mindful of her age and where she is structurally (growth plates, etc.).

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Very lanky at this stage in the game (that will go away with age), nice weight but your right about the muscle tone, seems lacking, but then again, I like my dogs super toned and them to be with what we do.

She is very pretty and she's got that "look" in her eye of mischief!

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I got me a GSD that doesn't care for water, unless I'm in the shower
Does he/she like playing ball, mine will chase it when I throw it for hours if I would let her. Great exercise for her in addition to walks and hiking..
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Very lanky at this stage in the game (that will go away with age), nice weight but your right about the muscle tone, seems lacking, but then again, I like my dogs super toned and them to be with what we do.

She is very pretty and she's got that "look" in her eye of mischief!
I want to get her into agility, I think she can do well and I think it will help as she fills out. Her trainer said from the beginning that she was going to be a big girl and she has the height. I definitely don't want her overweight, but geesh she can stop getting taller any day now I wish she did like water Sometimes I look at her and I think the coloring in that area plays a role somewhat, I notice it as the tan comes in, but it might be in my mind..I'm a paranoid GSD owner. Thanks for the compliment on her looks, she is wonderful dog and really doesn't get into stuff, but she lets us know what she wants...her vocabulary is expanding

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Does he/she like playing ball, mine will chase it when I throw it for hours if I would let her. Great exercise for her in addition to walks and hiking..
I just order a flirt pole to expand her exercise, she tried it in one of her classes and loved it I would like to do a couple 15 minute sessions a day as part of her exercise.

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