I have a question regarding what my dog trainer told me.
I have a German Shepherd, five months old, and he told me
not to let my dog run up and down steps, jump, not to play
Frisbee, and keep as much pressure off his rear legs as
possible. He went as far as "build some ramps"
, by my exterior doorways in my house, because I have to
many steps for the dog to negotiate. When I asked him why
he said "it is better for the dog" and he left
it at that. Now I am asking you, WHY??--Doug E.
Dear Doug--Your trainer was right in what he said but was
wrong, I feel, in his explanation to you. He should have
gone into greater detail. Now for the WHY??
femur bone, which is the major leg bone, when it is forming
in a young dog the head is round and is very soft. This
round head fits into the pelvic socket. If a dog's femur
bone is stressed by pressure from jumping, walking up and
down steps, etc., the head can become flat and in later
life have a tendency to fall out of the pelvic sockets.
In other words environmental hip displaysia has been caused.
This leads to extreme pain, arthritis, and other unpleasant
experiences for the dog.
bottom line here is that you received excellent advice from
Written by Neal Seaman