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Hi this is sam my gsd male he is 16 weeks old an we have been doing protection training and bite work so we decided to have a look at those hips an make sure everything was ok. He wasn't yelping or acting like he was in pain I just read the thread on here about that puppy having like 3 fractures an hip desplasia so I got worried but the vet said everything was in good shape. So does anybody have a opinion? 4267_25779_1_s0.jpg
 

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They look pretty good. But I would not be doing bite work and protection training with a 16 week old puppy. His joints will not handle the stress on them. Your puppy can certainly get fractures in his hip sockets that will create problems later on in life.
He is way to young to be running and pulling and putting pressure on those joints, or any joints in his body. Sorta like expecting a 4 year old child to take up boxing.
 

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I have an opinion. Your off to a great start, slow down just enough to allow nature to do it's job too. I am certain you're a great guy, hips get x-rays at 1 year for OFA certification, imo your pushing a little too hard at this age..
 

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I agree at 16 weeks you should not really be pushing or running a lot with a puppy, as it can cause later problems. Now,is this a every dog thing, not really, but why take the chance. Plus bite work really should only be done after teeth are in, unless your referring to just gripping working in a full hold...

I would just work the BH and foundation of a strong recall and heal at that age. Really just enjoying the bonding.
With regards to the x-Ray, I would have your vet review the correct positioning requirements needed as this position is off. If I was paying for this, I would have ask for a refund or next set free, it's not squared up or even, and can result in a off read. Your vet can actually print out a detailed instruction on placement and correct shots, and views via the OFA website, plus register so,you can have the files sent digitally
 

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thanks for all the input guys I have been wondering if he was to young so I have backed off on the bite work I just don't want him to lose this drive he has. Also I did talk with the vet an they said to do the correct xrays he would have to be sedated an they would not do that on a puppy but to refund me they decided to do his ofa for free
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Hips look ok, but they often look good at this point. It is actually 2 years for OFA certification, but you can do Penn Hip or have them evaluated with the SV system at 1 year -- not sure how you go about doing that though. With OFA you can have pre-lims done at 12 months and it should give you a good idea.

If you join a good schutzhund club, they probably have some stuff you can do with youngsters that will build drive, and encourage them, while training some in obedience and building the confidence at this age. Lots to do with your pup. But as I don't do schutzhund, or protection training, I don't want to set you off in the wrong direction.
 

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oh my! How much bite work can you do with a 16 week old?! Work on obedience and tracking, do some rag work with him. There is no reason to go heavy into bite work now and you can ruin a dog, mentally, by doing to much to soon.
 

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Who do you train with?
 
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