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Is turning a back foot inward while walking, a puppy thing or a potential problem with gaiting? Could it just be from certain movements being to slow? I notice it more and more with Jasper but I just keep thinking it's a puppy thing. This is the first time I'm actually picking apart the puppy I own because of wanting to show the dog in conformation.
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What do you mean turning inward while walking ? Is it when the rear feet hit the ground or when he picks them up and they turn ?

Does Jasper have straight back legs when standing with out being stacked ? ( cow hocked or slight cow hocked )
 

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I'll have to try to get a video of it but what's happening is that when he's walking, not running that I've seen, his right rear foot turns in slightly sometimes. It's not all of the time, it's sometimes. When he's stacked yes he's got straight legs and cow hocked would put his feet out in the opposite direction that I see his foot turning so no on the cow hocks.

Like I said it's not happening when he's running, it happens when he slows down but it's noticible to me. I'll ask the breeder.
 

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When we go out later I'll see if I can get one. It's hard to see unless you know what you are looking for and he's a puppy so he can be bouncy and silly but I'll try.
Kspoo I have video of Enzo when he was a puppy , if you want to look at them let me know maybe you can point it out in the video if Enzo does it. Enzo was cow hocked as a puppy he has grown out of most of it but still has the slight cock hocked left.
 

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Jasper would be more of a bowed hocked puppy. Because his toes go in. I watched him when we went out the last time and both go in at times. It's probably just a puppy thing but I was worried that I might be causing it some how if he's not getting enough exercise or whatever. He doesn't have the run of our house because of potty issues and our backyard has been flooded since the rains started last week. Our time outside has been limited but he goes running off with the kids on the sidewalk and in the front yard.

I'd love to see your videos roxy.
 

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Your puppy is very young and he is growing. They go through a number of ugly, wobbly stages. Give him some time. These things often work themselves out.

BTW... this is why a dog does a "down and back" in the conformation ring. It is to check for this type of unsoundness in an adult.
 

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Jasper would be more of a bowed hocked puppy. Because his toes go in. I watched him when we went out the last time and both go in at times. It's probably just a puppy thing but I was worried that I might be causing it some how if he's not getting enough exercise or whatever. He doesn't have the run of our house because of potty issues and our backyard has been flooded since the rains started last week. Our time outside has been limited but he goes running off with the kids on the sidewalk and in the front yard.

I'd love to see your videos roxy.
O he is like toed in in the rear , He will probably grow out of it but you can ask the breeder about it since she will be more familar with her own lines etc..

Here is the video again not sure if you can see anything in them
 

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Your puppy is very young and he is growing. They go through a number of ugly, wobbly stages. Give him some time. These things often work themselves out.

BTW... this is why a dog does a "down and back" in the conformation ring. It is to check for this type of unsoundness in an adult.
I'm not too worried about it. I kind of figured it was a "puppy thing" and just wanted to ask around to see if I was right or wrong. I asked the breeder and she said the same thing as you did cbrand. I don't think we can really know until he's mature.
 

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O he is like toed in in the rear , He will probably grow out of it but you can ask the breeder about it since she will be more familar with her own lines etc..

Here is the video again not sure if you can see anything in them
She thinks it's just a puppy phase and I do too.

OMG Enzo is so adorable in that video. See how he keeps his little tail up when you are moving him in a down and back? Uhh Jasper hates the leash so he keeps his down which makes him look ridiculous as he's moving. I've got to work more with him on the leash so he gets used to it and use treats when he puts his tail up.
 

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OMG, Enzo was so cute! I think I joined when he was a bit older, so I missed the cutsy stage. How old was he in that video?
I think he is about 4 months in that video? We barely got him in that video he was so cute.

Kspoo start slow with the leash since he has issues with it. Try just putting the leash on him with out actually holding the leash and give him a treat and praise. let him walk around with it on ( let him just walk around the house with it for few mins with out you holding it) He will start to see the leash is not bad.

Also once he gets used to it start stacking him and smooth his tail up. By putting the tail up he will start building confidence
 

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Yup that's what Cesar says. He says it's amazing what forcing their tail up can do for their confidence. I remember my husband telling me he watched a Dog Whisperer show where Cesar used a leash to force the tail up of a dog and it completely changed the dog's confidence level instantly.

Jasper is a little sissy boy. He gets scared easily and in order to get him over that he just needs to be exposed to as many sounds and different situations and people as possible. I plan on taking him with us places when he gets a little older and I don't have to worry about him getting sick.
 

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Is turning a back foot inward while walking, a puppy thing or a potential problem with gaiting? Could it just be from certain movements being to slow? I notice it more and more with Jasper but I just keep thinking it's a puppy thing. This is the first time I'm actually picking apart the puppy I own because of wanting to show the dog in conformation.
Hi KPoos,

I have come across this thread as my new puppy seems to have this same issue - with his back feet (one more than the other) turning inward when walking. Did this resolve itself as he grew or did you find any related issues as he grew older?
 

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Hi KPoos,

I have come across this thread as my new puppy seems to have this same issue - with his back feet (one more than the other) turning inward when walking. Did this resolve itself as he grew or did you find any related issues as he grew older?
Hi @MAAPL - That member hasn’t been back in ten years, so unfortunately you are unlikely to get a reply. I’d suggest consulting with your vet and breeder, and posting here if you’d like input from current Poodle Forum members: Poodle Health

Good luck!
 
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