Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Northern ON, Canada
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Puppy is "stiff" after sleeping for long periods
Not sure if this is normal or not, but we have noticed ever since we got our puppy (she's 4 months now) that she has a hard time getting up and is VERY lazy after having a nap or sleeping the night.
We have crate trained her, and in the morning she always has difficulty getting up and out of her crate. Her crate is very large and she has had PLENTY of room to move around in it and stretch, but for some reason she always seems "stiff" and wobbly when she gets out.
I don't know if this could be related, but she also has a hard time jumping. She is plenty big enough to jump on to the couch now (we let her on one couch) but instead she crawls up it (while having a hard time) and doesn't seem to have much strength in her back legs.
I'm wondering if this is normal or if it's something we should be concerned about. We got her from a very reputable breeder and so up until now we have trusted that she is healthy and assumed that she is just sore from sleeping for long periods, or hasn't grown enough muscle yet to have more strength in her legs. I'm starting to wonder if this is a bigger problem though...
Our breeder also told us to feed her adult large breed dog food and NOT puppy food. Something about how puppy food would make her grow too fast and her bones and muscles wouldn't have time to grow slowly? Something about too much protein in puppy food too? I'm not 100% sure what he said was the reason why we couldn't feed her puppy food, but others I have told about this are shocked and strongly believe she NEEDS puppy food. Our breeder was VERY against it, so we have trusted him and have been feeding her adult food all along, but I'm starting to wonder if this is possibly a factor in her seemingly weak legs?
Any insight to this??