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Old 03-11-2013, 07:47 PM
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Good posts Laurelin and Sara.

Rehoming him because he didn't pan out at 10 months is jumping the gun. He's a baby. Also do not rush to neuter him. Keep up with fun, lower impact, and enjoy him for what he is.

You may learn a lot with him, you may find your soulmate in him. You may decide rehoming is the right choice but until then keep an open mind and let him mature.

Politely tell the person preemptively culling him you plan to wait and get yourself to a sports vet.
Yep. Do not neuter him now, if he does have structural issues, it will make them worse. He's a baby. Let him mature more and see how he develops. Way too soon to make a decision.
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Falon- It sucks, plain and simple. I think keeping an open mind, and not rushing to any conclusions right now is a great approach to this.

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I have something similar with Pepper. I wanted a second sport dog... and I got Pepper. I'm not even really training her in agility right now because I don't think she'll have the temperament to trial without a meltdown (LOL I would have to trial her only under short women judges... "Hey does anybody know this judge? Is she short? Like how tall is she?")
My plan was to have three dogs. Three sport dogs... one who was older and retiring (or retired,) one in the middle who was seasoned, and an up and coming puppy. Well, I've got the retired older dog, and the up and coming puppy... and then there's Pepper.
For Pepper, we all make a little room.
For Pepper, I've changed my mind to have four dogs. The older retired dog, the one in the middle who is seasoned, and up and coming puppy... and Pepper.
It's not a slight to Pepper or to myself that she isn't a sport dog, that she is "only" a pet. She gets so much joy out of just snuggling anyway, LOL. But it's definitely not what I had imagined, hoped for, or dreamed about. But she is Pepper. And she is mine. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:07 PM
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Find a sport/rehab specialist vet and have him seen. Plenty of dogs with dysplasia and other non threatening issues play to an extent in agility (lowered heights, playing the game with your dog's limitations in mind) If anything he'll be a great lesson for you in teaching a dog self control.

Let him grow and get to a specialist vet who can help you learn exercises to strengthen the right muscles to help stabilize him.
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I was once told that you don't always get the dog you want, but the dog you need. You never know what he could turn out to be for you.
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Find a sport/rehab specialist vet and have him seen.

Let him grow and get to a specialist vet who can help you learn exercises to strengthen the right muscles to help stabilize him.
How do I go about searching for such a person? I'm not familiar at all and would love any recommendations.
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I just wanted to echo not neutering him yet. To me, a dog with poor structure is MORE reason to keep them intact, at least until 2-3 years old.

Sorry he's not working out to be exactly what you hoped he would be, but I think he's still a fine, handsome dog

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This is basically where I'm at with Gavroche. He was a great starter dog, but even rally trialing is too stressful for him because of the scary man-judges. He got his RN, RA, and URO1, and he's done. He will not be doing obedience, for the same reasons. I'd love to try him in agility, but he has bad hips, so we just play around at home and at the end of classes/open training nights. And judges would probably still scare him. However, he LOVES lure coursing, so he'll be free to do that until he's no longer able. People don't seem to bother him in coursing because he's too crazy and too focused on the lure to care
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Sometimes you need people standing a little bit further away from the situation to tell you to snap out of it. This thread was sooo much like my Mia thread when I found out. It brought me back really fast.

I STILL get worked up about Mia and Summer. It's always in the back of my mind. Mia has bad knees and may not go very far. Summer is old. I'm renting and probably shouldn't get another dog right now. When I do that, I go grab my two dogs and take them somewhere. Then I remember how awesome my dogs are.

It will be okay. Limit will be awesome either way.
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How do I go about searching for such a person? I'm not familiar at all and would love any recommendations.
You come to Calgary and see my sport/rehab vet =)

Lol

I have no idea, I came across mine through my agility instructors and same goes for the canine physio place up here. I guess you could ask around agility groups or look for specialist clinics or nearby vet schools.
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I asked my agility instructor. We have quite a few dogs that train here that have various conformational weaknesses.

That's another thing to keep in mind too. My instructor has a young BC that is by all means sound when you look at him... but he keeps getting injured. Nothing is ever a sure bet.
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How do I go about searching for such a person? I'm not familiar at all and would love any recommendations.
Are you still in Knoxville? If so, I bet that the veterinary teaching hospital at UT would be a good start

ETA: I love Limit. He's a stunner.
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I'm sorry Falon...

I definitely know a lot about how dogs don't turn out the way you expected... Frag reminds me every day, and he's not even mine!

I also, of course, agree with no neutering now... but you can always get xrays right away... He doesn't necessarily have to be sedated to take them, so you don't even need to worry about that! XD

I don't know a lot about Kelpies and know that you said your friend does, but could it just be a really weird growth phase that perhaps he will grow into... or OUT of? I first thought swimming would be a great idea as well, and then saw you mentioned it... dock diving is super fun anyway!

As for the whole jumping thing/doing it to him... I don't buy that at all... We all have some common sense here... Recon IS jumping and in an agility class doing flatwork and small muscle memory crosses/etc but he jumps on mats and never jumps more than 4" which is a LOT shorter than the couch, car, chairs at work, or stairs that he FLIES off of on a daily basis on his own accord, and a lot less impact than flying sideways into walls during zoomies in the office OVER and OVER and OVER again.

Lots of random thoughts there. haha. Anyway, we can definitely see how happy Limit is... and he reminds me SO much of Recon in his facial expressions, I just adore him. I wouldn't let you think of rehoming him, because then I couldn't admire his awesome photos!
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