a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: More About Boost

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

More About Boost

SUMMARY: Orthopedist appointment in 3 weeks; pelvis comments.

I've set up an appointment for x-rays and exam with an orthopedist for Boost in 3 weeks--first appointment that's available. It's about a 90 minute drive one way. I am so not looking forward to 3 hours of the dogs in the car, resting and storing up energy, while I'm tiring myself out, driving. But I sure think it'll be worth it.

Meanwhile, I forgot to mention that the vet/masseuse also commented that Boost's pelvis is a little flat and a little short. She said that what this means is that she might be less "scopey"--the scope of what she can quickly and easily adjust to might be less than dogs with a differently shaped pelvis. It's not an insurmountable issue. Just might take more or different training. Which was an interesting observation.

Who ever thought, back in 1995 when I started going to class for something to do with my dog one night a week, that I'd ever think about anything like this?


  1. I felt the same weirdness when I started taking the dogs to the chiropractor. What sort of weirdo takes their dogs to a chiroprator? Uh, that would be me.

    Hope it's nothing serious. Could be an issue with her eyes too but that's hard to test for and get conclusive results.

  2. We think it's not her eyes; she's not doing stutter steps or (at least it seems) jumping early or late. Just seems to be not getting the stifle over the bar. I'll have to do some videotaping after she's rested from jumping for a while.

  3. Phew, that's good news. A friend's dog was having jumping problems and doing that stutter stepping, especially on the spreads. They checked his eyes best as they could but nothing came up. As it turned out the dog had epilepsy and one guess is that something about the disease intereferes with depth perception. Didn't want to mention it earlier because I didn't want to put that worry into your head but it sounds like that's not her issue. So much easier to deal with an orthopedic problem than something like epilepsy or eye problems or some other neurological issue.

  4. yup, a friend's very fast very driven BC practically comes to a halt before a jump and knocks quite a few of them. Her vision checks out, but we can see that there's something with her perception because when she's looking at you--her eyes aren't pointed at you exactly. When she's staring at a toy to throw--she's not staring exactly at the toy. If there are any kind of markers on the ground before the jump--e.g., a bar on the ground 2 or 3 feet in front of it, she jumps beautifully. But it has never translated into jumping smoothly without it.