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Old 08-15-2005, 02:57 PM
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My 9 month old puppy bitch is a little cow hocked. As a young puppy she was perfect. At about 6 months old she bacame cow hocked and was actually crossing over her back legs or interfering on the move. This has greatly improved. She now moves a little close behind and is a little cow hocked. Do you think it will continue to improve. She is fed a high quality low protein kibble and 1,000 mg of vit C every day. She is 33 3/4 ins. to the withers.:f
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Exercize her on gravel or sand. This is what my breeder recommended & made a big difference in Elliott.
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They always go from perfect to flawed to ugly, then back to gorgeous again. I wouldn't worry too much at this age. It's what we call the "puppy uglies". Keep up the low protein and the Vit C!
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Just remember, not too much exercise...and never forced exercise at this age. No running, sliding on slippery (wood, ceramic, etc) floors where she can't get any traction...or so I was told. I'm not sure if it makes a difference. For what it's worth, my boy was like this from about 6 months old to about 12 months old. Was fine as a puppy and is fine as an adult. Many outgrow it...but some don't. I would ask your breeder on how s/he expects her to mature....
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Thanks for the help. Her breeder reckons she will come right round about 12 months of age. I am road walking her every 2nd evening. A gentle pace for about 3 miles. Do you think this ok. The other evening I walk my 3 year old dane. I am getting mixed advice on the issue of exercise. Some say walk every night some say don't walk her at all. I have a 1 acre garden which she roams freely all day.:f
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I think to let her roam your property is what I would do. I don't believe in much exercise until they are mature. I have never had a pup that went cow hocked come back to a good strong rear. Usually mine will mature out to move too close in the rear for what I want but not be cow hocked.
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At the moment she is moving too close behind. At 9 months should it continue to improve, she is yet to settle back down into her angles. My gut feeling is that she will improve more and that I should take it real easy on the exercise. There has been an amazing transformation in her movement in the last 2 months. It was dreadful and yet as a younger puppy her movement was what drew me to her, it was so good.:f
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Default RE: cow hocked puppy

It is best to go with what your breeder feels she will mature with as she is the only one who knows her lines. My boy eventually ended up with just about the same rear he had at 8 weeks old...he was not cow hocked then (or even close) and he isn't now...but he was in between. He never got all the angles back that he had as a pup but he did get some back as he matured.

I'd go with your instinct on the exercise too...every puppy enjoys a walk...but I think 3 miles is a bit much...even at every other day. At this age, we took Andre for 15 minute walks...steady pace...stopping and letting him sniff and potty along the way... and all the romping around in the backyard that he wanted.
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Thanks for your help again. I looked at your website Notredanes. The video was lovely and great to watch such a sound mover. I agree with your advice and will reduce the exercise. I feel, like Andre, she will regain the movement she had as a very young puppy. Also like Andre her front and rear angulation was to die for. I can see her improve by the week but 2 months ago I was really worried. It's very reassuring to hear from people like yourself. Thanks.}(
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Did the parents and grand-parents have good rears??
You can improve a bad rear with various treatments..but only as much as genetics will let you.

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