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OK...this is probably a crazy question/concern, but why is it my 6 month old 56 lb puppy NOT jump up onto the bed. It's not that he doesn't want to come on it, He uses his paw to let me know he wants to be assisted to get up onto it, he can jump off of it, and when he is truly motivated (food), he WILL jump up onto it. I feel like he SHOULD be able to jump up to it with no problem. If I try to encourage him to get up on his own, he will just bark or continue to paw me. He is pretty tall...he can rest both front legs up on the bed when he is on his back legs)

I ask becasue I worry....are his hips or rear legs weak? He is a rescue, pup born from a pregnant puppy mill golden, so I have no family history.
 

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I'm sure you'll get more advice...but my guy (Craiglist dog/6 months) needed help getting in the car for about 2 months. It was a total mental issue
 

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He was born at the rescue, not the puppy mill, and I've had him since he was 12 weeks old. He is by no means a fearful dog in any other way, very well socialized. He is pretty active, running after our 3 month old pup, but he's pretty clumsy when it comes to jumping over things. She is much more agile.
 

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I bought some stairs to go up to our bed since our bed is pretty high. She was scared of them at first but now needs to run ahead of me to get on the bed first, she runs right up the stairs...but she doesn't use them to get down, she just jumps...
 

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I know that my Jasmine can't jump up on our bed. She has had two FHOs and just doesn't have the muscle or joints that she needs to make the jump. Though one time (and only one time) she was so excited about going to the lake that she actually jumped into the back of my SUV. Normally I have to boost her in.
 

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Goody...how old is your Golden?

Fostermom...Sorry, I'm a newbie...what is an FHO?

I guess my question is...Is this abnormal, should I wait alittle longer before I question the vet about it? I don't want to go through the expense of any testing, if this is just me, worrying for nothing.
 

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My old golden retriever never did learn to jump up in bed. I always had to help her. Now my lab is the same way. He has long legs and should easily be able to get up but hasn't yet. Got to get him to learn to jump up in my RV. He just puts his paws on the down hatch and expects me to shove him in.:doh:
 

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It's easier for them to jump from a run rather than having their front paws on the bed and then bringing their back end up. Does she have enough room to get a running start?
 

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No. not really. The entrance to the bedroom is off to the side, so running and jumping up is kind of tough, more on an angle.
 

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Ruby will not jump into the car, however she is able to jump onto a retaining wall in the backyard. I have seen her do it and she doesn't have to get a running start. It probably is a mental thing with a closed in space.
 

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We kind of had to teach Jamie (15 mos) to jump into the back of the car (Toyota Matrix). He didn't really get it until he was about a year old. About the same time he started jumping up on to the bed. He does need a bit of a run up to either.
 

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Bama never jumped up on the bed till he was over 1 yrs old. He would put his paws on the side and then want help. I got a step for him to get on the bed.
 

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I'm glad my Jax isn't the only one...makes me feel better. I was starting to worry his hips were weak. Thanks everyone for your posts!
 

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Most of mine needed some encouragement at first. Brooklyn needs help because she's so fat (she's a new rescue, only had her two weeks). Once she loses the weight, I think she'll be fine.
 

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Taz was over a year old before she'd jump in the back of my Jeep. And it's not like she was scared or didn't want to. I would get in the back seat with a treat and call for her and she'd put her front paws up and bark at me, but not jump up. Eventually she just did it and it was fine after than.
 

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Sorry for the delay in response. Scout is just about 8 months old. She has probably been going up on our bed since around 4-5 months old.
 
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