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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Is this a normal walk?

is this something to be worried about? Kaiser walks funny. It's like he doesnt pick up his back feet. I can even hear them scrape.
Here's a video-

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 09:47 PM
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You should take him to the vet looks like something is wrong
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looks off to me, but I'm not an expert.

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oh great =( not what I want to hear. I already have a young dog with severe hip dysplasia. I can't go through this again.
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oh great =( not what I want to hear. I already have a young dog with severe hip dysplasia. I can't go through this again.
Don't jump to conclusions. Get your pup checked out first, then form your plan
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I wouldn't panic from what I just saw in your video.

What I WOULD do is call up your breeder and ask them to watch the video. To compare to the other pups in the litter as well as past litters.

Particularly if your dog is more 'showlines' I've seen them very loose in the rear while they are growing the first year. Keeping them lean and giving them alot of healthy exercise will strengthen the muscles, tendons, ligaments and get rid of alot of that floppy you may be seeing.

That said, you have to talk to your breeder and go to the vet if needed. Don't want to cause a problem to get worse if there is an issue.




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His hips look super loose. Sometimes that can fixed with supplements, good food and the right kind of exercise. But I would definitely have him checked out by the vet.

ETA: Just read that you got him from a boarding kennel. My dog had very undeveloped muscles in his hind end when I adopted him and now you'd never know it. So it could be because he doesn't have good muscle mass built up. I still would recommend a vet visit though!

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I had a friend send me a video of his pup a few months back. His back legs seemed real loose, and had a similar look as yours.
Fast forward a few months, and all is well.

Just thought I'd give some words of encouragement.



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I don't know how true this is but I was told by a trainer(GSD trainer) that lots of GSD's have to find their back end(because they are so long). Some do it earlier then others. Once they figure out its there and learn how to use it they start to look like they should. I had some concerns with mine(the way she walked) and this is what I was told....almost just like this Mine is actually starting to walk much better and I see lots more control now compared to a month ago. The excitement in my house is when she stands the right way You'll only know if you do xrays and if that will make you feel better then that is what you should do. I opted to wait on mine(because of sedation) and like I said I do see improvement.

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I don't see anything unusual here and wouldn't spend the money on a vet trip just for this. I might ask about it at the next visit, but wouldn't make a special trip. He just looks very gangly and loose in the back. He should straighten and tighten up to some degree with age.

This isn't the structure I want in a puppy, but it's not unusual in a lot of puppies and it's not related to anything serious.

For future reference, have someone trot your pup on leash side to side and toward and away from the camera for best viewing of any gait issues.

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