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    DefaultWorrywort Question

    Seeing that i had to lay down my last Lab about 6.5 weeks ago, I am very aware of everything that Petals is doing. I get worried just about everything. Let me just start by saying that I got Petals from a breeder that breeds hunting dogs. To be honest I looked in the paper and found the type of dog I wanted and went and got her, so I don't have any guarantees!!! So here is the question; Can you tell if a Lab has hip problems (hip dysplasia) when they are 9 weeks old? Petals sits a little weird and every once and a while when she is walking her leg does something weird...I kind of pushed it off because this is what happens sometimes.....she will be walking and her back leg will kind of do a weird stiff thing...but then about 2 seconds later she will stop and scratch behind her ear with that leg, so I kind of pushed it off like she wanted to scratch then said no then say sure.

    Am I making sense? I was wondering if there is something I should look out for. The Vet has seen her 3 times in the last 3 weeks for the Staph and she tells me that Petals is fine. Was wondering if anyone else experienced this?

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    You sound like me... only for me it's the "new mommy with type A personality" syndrome.

    I think only an orthopedic vet can say for sure... and I'm not sure what they can tell you at 9 weeks...

    There is the "lazy lab" sit that labs do where it looks like the equivalent of the person that sits on the couch with their legs wide apart, not together or crossed. I'm pretty sure this is normal.

    Ender seems kind of clumbsy at times but these days it's more when he tries to "walk" on the water at the Lake Michigan beach... hilarious! I need video of that before he "grows" out of it.

    So... I guess I would chalk it down to puppy awkwardness and wait on seeing a specialist. But that's me.
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    I was taking chance for a walk the other day and chacne had to take a rest, he was laying there and had his back legs out like he was a frog.........the lady said thats a good sign that he has good hips. Of course i'm not going to live be what she said. She could be totaly wrong, but I thought i should just throw that out there and see what other people say.

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    I would say that is exactly what Petals does...the whole frog thing. It is almost like she sits sometimes like....Hey look at my special parts....pet them please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamrox

    I would say that is exactly what Petals does...the whole frog thing. It is almost like she sits sometimes like....Hey look at my special parts....pet them please.
    LOL... yup... that's normal lab. Ender gets in all kind of strange positions... including the frog legs where his entire back end is FLAT on the floor. I have heard that this flexibilty is "good."
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    Sorry to disappoint, but the froggie lay doesn't indicate good or bad hips. *

    Hopefully someone w/ HD experience will check in *... or you might want to post in lab chat ~ more traffic there *




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    Hopefuly the "frog leg sit" isn't a bad thing............he doesn't do it all the time, but he does sit like that.

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    DefaultRe: Worrywort Question

    I wasn't thinking that it would say one way or the other. I was just wondering if I should be extra worried when I see stuff like that.

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    Well I wouldn't worry about the sloppy sitting -- it's called a lazy sit. Some people teach their dogs to "sit pretty". Regarding the walking, it does sound like it's related to her scratching IF she does it EVERY single time. But I'm far from an expert.

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    I can't say with Labs, but with my Irish Setter and English Cockers the one that did the frog position had good hips.


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