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This is my first time posting on here, and my first time owning a GSD puppy. She just turned 4 months old, and is apparently mixed with poodle? I don't see it though, she looks very GSD to me.. must be a small percentage of poodle. Anyways, I have some concerns about how she walks. I will attach a video (not the best vid of her walking but I of course couldn't get her to do much when I wanted her to lol) she kind of crosses her back legs sometimes and her lower end is usually lower to the ground, and she sort of bounces her back end when walking. and when she runs, it's ALWAYS bunny hopping, she's never went into a normal run. She doesn't seem to have issues walking as in she doesn't seem like it bugs her and she isn't in pain, but her posture has always been so odd to me on top of not running normally. When I first got her when she was 9 weeks old, she actually walked WAY worse, so she has progressed a lot therefore I just have been trying to write it off as a weird puppy stage, but I don't know, I did what I shouldn't do and I started reading online and put together that she may have hip dysplasia? Which I didn't know a dog could literally be born with that, since she's walked weird/ had weird posture since even before we got her. I guess I just want other people's opinions. Is this just a weird puppy thing I'm not used to being inexperienced with GSD or should I be worried?

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Is this just a weird puppy thing I'm not used to being inexperienced with GSD or should I be worried?
Not just a weird puppy thing! What does your Vet say? I'd want to have that puppy looked at by an orthopedic specialist! Hopefully they can help!
 

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Not just a weird puppy thing! What does your Vet say? I'd want to have that puppy looked at by an orthopedic specialist! Hopefully they can help!
When I got her in September, the lady I got her from said that the vet said she would "grow out of it" and I took her word for it so I haven't taken her to a vet yet to get any exams, only for shots because I wasn't sure if it was really an issue or not. seemingly she has been growing out of it since I got her... I honestly feel like the woman I got her from kept her in a small kennel all the time or something, because she could barely stand up the first few days I had her, but after only a week of taking her outside she started improving. after two months of walking her the current improvements have been night and day but I guess what started concerning me was bunny hopping instead of actually running 😕
 

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What Tim said. That's definitely not normal. Has she been to a vet yet?
See my previous reply! No exams yet, I feel like we've been improving it, I've had my concerns though all along. She could hardly stand when we got her, I know now that the previous owner possibly lied about the vet giving a thumbs up on the situation as well as probably contributed to the issue. I noticed as soon as I got her something wasn't quite right but I wouldn't have felt any better if I left her in that situation and didn't take her home with me😪.
 

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Are you located near a University? They often will have Veterinary hospitals and offer Vet care at a lower cost. She really does need to see a specialist in orthopedics.
 
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All I have to say is vet vet vet, that hunched over walk is not normal at all, her spine is unnaturally curved very downwards, like she's constantly walking in a squat, I've never seen it before, did the vet not say anything when they gave her her shots?
 

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All I have to say is vet vet vet, that hunched over walk is not normal at all, her spine is unnaturally curved very downwards, like she's constantly walking in a squat, I've never seen it before, did the vet not say anything when they gave her her shots?
To be fair this wasn't the best video, she doesn't really squat when walking but I couldn't get a good clip of her walking how she normally does. But no the vet seemed unconcerned, kind of confusing when vets don't say anything it just lead me to believe I was being paranoid 😕
 

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I think "the lady" deceived you in a major way. It's very sad to see her move. I cannot call it walking. It looks like she is almost paralyzed. Is there a contract and if yes, what are the agreements from both you and "the lady"?
She was just a dog on Craigslist that the owner couldn't take care of, so there were no agreements of any sort. I had recently lost my dog of 11 years so I just wanted another rescue 😕
 

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To be fair this wasn't the best video, she doesn't really squat when walking but I couldn't get a good clip of her walking how she normally does. But no the vet seemed unconcerned, kind of confusing when vets don't say anything it just lead me to believe I was being paranoid 😕
Ah I see, even so I can't imagine her walking being MUCH better, she almost seems, deformed? In a way, I don't mean any grief to you or your pup, it's just sad you were put in this situation, previous owner was probably just trying to get rid of her because of her health issues :/ does she eat/drink and use the bathroom okay?
 

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Ah I see, even so I can't imagine her walking being MUCH better, she almost seems, deformed? In a way, I don't mean any grief to you or your pup, it's just sad you were put in this situation, previous owner was probably just trying to get rid of her because of her health issues :/ does she eat/drink and use the bathroom okay?
Yes definitely! She seems happy and healthy otherwise, she tends to walk with a more strange posture on the grass for whatever reason, I will try to get a clip of her walking on the pavement or inside later since I now feel like that video may have been misleading. Definitely not paralyzed or anything, and doesn't really squat. my biggest concern was her posture and crossed back legs! She seems to get better with it all every day though so that's why I felt like she was just stuffed in a cage and not given the chance to strengthen her muscles properly. Like she wasn't properly squatting to pee for a while, but as of about a week ago she picked up doing that properly how you'd expect a female dog to squat. Though I can't be certain that she was stuffed in a cage, the fact she gets progressively less awkward the more I let her move around, it seems to point to something along those lines. Because she was already 20lbs at 10 weeks I feel like her growing rapidly and being confined could have caused the previous mobility issues when she wasn't able to stand too easily when we initially got her.
 

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Yes definitely! She seems happy and healthy otherwise, she tends to walk with a more strange posture on the grass for whatever reason, I will try to get a clip of her walking on the pavement or inside later since I now feel like that video may have been misleading. Definitely not paralyzed or anything, and doesn't really squat. my biggest concern was her posture and crossed back legs! She seems to get better with it all every day though so that's why I felt like she was just stuffed in a cage and not given the chance to strengthen her muscles properly. Like she wasn't properly squatting to pee for a while, but as of about a week ago she picked up doing that properly how you'd expect a female dog to squat. Though I can't be certain that she was stuffed in a cage, the fact she gets progressively less awkward the more I let her move around, it seems to point to something along those lines. Because she was already 20lbs at 10 weeks I feel like her growing rapidly and being confined could have caused the previous mobility issues when she wasn't able to stand too easily when we initially got her.
I'd definitely like to see a video of if it's that much better, although I can't imagine why she'd walk like that just on grass. It's good she's getting better, and although I don't have much experience with it, that could very well be the case I think, with the being stuffed in a crate situation, or some sort of developmental issue that caused the deformity, or whatever it is. Im glad she's doing relatively well, but I'd get her to a vet asap for some x rays and evaluation, preferably orthopedic, like Tim said.
 

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There are down pasterns and strange movements going on there. None of that is normal at all. You need to see an orthopaedic vet imo.
 

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I'd definitely like to see a video of if it's that much better, although I can't imagine why she'd walk like that just on grass. It's good she's getting better, and although I don't have much experience with it, that could very well be the case I think, with the being stuffed in a crate situation, or some sort of developmental issue that caused the deformity, or whatever it is. Im glad she's doing relatively well, but I'd get her to a vet asap for some x rays and evaluation, preferably orthopedic, like Tim said.

Here is a different video. Not the best again but she obviously doesn't like being filmed 🙄lol won't let me get decent photos or vids. Will definitely consider x-rays but like I said that first video seems misleading. She is awkward but I didn't realize it was giving the impression she couldn't walk at all
 

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This is normal.

 

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Can she run at all? I agree with everyone else who has advised seeing a vet ASAP. This is not normal at all for a 4 month old. I hope that there will be some help for her that is affordable for you. Good luck.
 
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