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knuckling in prevention

i just found out what "knuckling in" is and it sounds awful. i saw that it can be caused by diet, lack of exercise, and slick flooring. im not concerned about exercise because i run every day and plan on taking my puppy with me when he is old enough (i heard not to run too much with him before 18 months), but i was wondering what to feed him to prevent knuckling in. also i live in an apartment with mostly wood/tile floors, what should i do about the floors? can i just put a large mat in an area where he is most often so most of the time he has a surface he can grip well, or do i need to do more than that?
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it's called knuckling over

here's a great website with more info: Knuckling Over and HOD - Developmental Orthopedic Disease | GREATDANELADY.COM

You'll want to select a food that is around 23% protein. Non-slip runners are a good idea for the areas s/he will frequent.

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it's called knuckling over

here's a great website with more info: Knuckling Over and HOD - Developmental Orthopedic Disease | GREATDANELADY.COM

You'll want to select a food that is around 23% protein. Non-slip runners are a good idea for the areas s/he will frequent.
oops lol knuckling over...i knew that sounded funny when i wrote it
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Runner carpets work well. No dog likes to be on a slippery surface.
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my girl started to knuckle over and I just fed her crystallized vitamin c I hear it helps them absorb protein properly, did the trick... it wasn't bad to begin with though.
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knuckling over most times is a developmental/growth stage.

It is when the whole front assembly is too straight.

Sometimes it is their conformation, and even when Adults, they will knuckle over.

pasterns too straight, little front angulation.

other times it is because of a poor diet and can lead to permanent issues.

I have never fed my puppies any of the so called puppy foods, all my pups were weaned onto the same adult food all my dogs are fed. I also never supplement my dogs. I have never had any growth issues, ever.

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knuckling over most times is a developmental/growth stage.

It is when the whole front assembly is too straight.

Sometimes it is their conformation, and even when Adults, they will knuckle over.

pasterns too straight, little front angulation.

other times it is because of a poor diet and can lead to permanent issues.

I have never fed my puppies any of the so called puppy foods, all my pups were weaned onto the same adult food all my dogs are fed. I also never supplement my dogs. I have never had any growth issues, ever.
Ditto to pretty much everything that Darkevs says here.

For the record while most dogs don't care for slippery floors it will NOT "cause" knuckling over. Per above--that would be either a structural defect or an improper feeding issue.
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forgot to ad......as to prevention............breeding dogs with correct conformation will lessen and even remove the chance of a pup/dog knuckling.

Correct to standard conformation is much more than just a 'nice' looking Doberman. I do wish more people would realize this and educate themselves on the standard of perfection for your choice of breed, before you look to purchase a puppy or dog.

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