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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-09-2010, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Movement and Gaits question

I'm looking for some input on movement/gaits for younger dogs Mine is 10mo old and seems to not have figured out his gaits very well to date. It seems he goes from a walk to an occasionally awkward canter, often cross firing leads until he figures things out. He seldom trots nicely along as my other GSD's have, but it's been many years since I have had a dog this young so I don't remember their movement. He basically moves like a giant lump of spaghetti.

I had his hips x-rayed 2 weeks ago, both hips are fine. He's much larger than any of my other GSD's as well, so I though maybe he's just more gangly at this age. Our 3yo Rottie had an air cast on for 2 weeks at 11 months because he was such a noodle and strained a ligament.

Has anyone else experienced this with a young dog? When did they figure it all out?

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One thing to consider is how do his parents move? Have you or can you look at his parents. I suspect he will probably look a lot like one or both of them. And keep in mind that puppies often do take a long time to reach their potential and the bigger they are the longer they will take to mature.

Is he out of conformation show dog lines?
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One thing to consider is how do his parents move? Have you or can you look at his parents. I suspect he will probably look a lot like one or both of them. And keep in mind that puppies often do take a long time to reach their potential and the bigger they are the longer they will take to mature.

Is he out of conformation show dog lines?
I was wondering if the bigger they are the longer they take to mature. He is actually from working dog lines, his father was a working police K9, but died about a year ago so all I have are a few pictures. Frozen semen was used for this litter. I have seen the mom, a very large bone Czech bitch. I will try to see her again, but it's a bit of a drive.

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