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Old 08-07-2007, 10:39 PM
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Frog legs... Bad for the hips?

We have noticed that Maya mostly likes to sleep with her hind legs streched all the way back like a frog, Its realy cute, but my dog trainer says its a bad habit that could lead to hip problems in the future. During Maya`s first vet visit today, the vet said that it didnt change a thing, and that Hip dysplasia is all about genetics.

Is there information out there regarding this, because stoping her from being cute is hard to do
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I have never heard it was bad for them... My Abbie does it and she is a year old....
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Our girl did this as a puppy too! I had heard that it was a sign of "good" hips. But I agree with your vet... I don't believe it will cause him problems. Going up and down stairs/furniture, etc. a lot can cause problems.
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My dog Millie "frogs" all the time - and drags herself across the floor stretching like that! It's adorable!!! She's 7 and has always done it - she's not a GR but her hips are great! My guess is if a dog has a predisposition to hip dysplasia, any laxity of the ligaments could be more problematic for them...but likely no big deal for a dog with sound joints.
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I would think it would show a good hip because if the ball doesnt go in the socket good then there is problems even in walking. I would go by your vet's info.
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My vet says that it is usually a sign of good hips.
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I have been told it was a sign of good hips.

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I was told the whole laying "froggy style" thing meaning good hips or bad hips was just a "myth".

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We have noticed that Maya mostly likes to sleep with her hind legs streched all the way back like a frog, Its realy cute, but my dog trainer says its a bad habit that could lead to hip problems in the future. During Maya`s first vet visit today, the vet said that it didnt change a thing, and that Hip dysplasia is all about genetics.

Is there information out there regarding this, because stoping her from being cute is hard to do
This falls into the category, IMO, of "wives tales". I have seen OFA excellents who "frog leg", and the story in that case was "If they were not excellent they would not have the flexibility/capacity to do that. I have seen OFA dysplastic dogs "frog leg" and the story in THAT case was "POh, poor dog. His hips are so lax and so far out of the sockets that he can do that." Personally, I think the whole thing is "hooey" (betcha haven't heard THAT word since yer granny...) and that Maya's vet is spot on...
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Wow hooey I haven't heard that in a long time but it was my great grandmother so I must not be as old as some person on here. ROFL

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