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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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4 Month Doberman Puppy Walks Weird

My 4 month doberman puppy walks kind of weird, his butt sways left to right while walking almost as if his rear legs are longer than the front. Is this normal? He doesnt bunny hop when running and doesnt seem to limp or be in pain. He loves to jump on things too, sits normally, likes to stand up and put his paws on my bed (because he wants to get up on it). I know maybe he might not be in pain yet, but just wondering what this might be. I'll post a vid up asap. When he was around 8-10 weeks I did not notice this, but gradually as he got taller I've noticed it almost as if he walks like Captain Jack Sparrow. He is 16 1/2 weeks now. Hopefully you experts can point me in the right direction.
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I'll be interested to see a video. I always worry about hips when I hear of a dog walking like that.

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I wonder if he is just pacing. Both legs on one side moving in the same direction rather than meeting each other. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2ShnyjOdQw
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Good catch, MaryD....I hadn't thought of that possibility. They do sway back and forth quite a bit when they pace. Mine tended to do it when they were tired on a long walk.

But OP, you should get your pup checked out if you're at all worried about his gait. There are some leg problems that show up as a puppy grows (front legs knuckling over is one I can think of right off the top of my head)...some of them are relatively easy to treat when the puppy is young, but not fixable when the dog is mature.
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Short vid, looks like hes leaning more right in this one but generally his butt goes left to right no preference.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/a8vj7FAYqfSips8g6
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Puppies like colts grow up in the rear first. So at various growth periods puppies (and colt) will be substantially higher in the rear than in the front--it will affect their gait. I'll go back and see if I can figure out what he's doing--since I'm at the library and can actually see videos.

I don't think he's pacing--but it's sure a sloppy walk and sometimes puppies are lazy and the walk is kind of a lazy gait anyway. See if you can get someone to take a picture of him going away at a nice crisp trot, That'll tell you more than a walk will.

An awful lot of puppies don't have enough muscle at 16 weeks to make any of their gait's look good.

If I was really concerned I'd have his vet take a good look at him moving away and toward and across at a trot the next time he was at the vet clinic for anything. I don't think I'd make a special appointment just to do that.

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He has a lot of growth on him at 4 months! Great reach with that right rear leg to scratch that itch!
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What I'm seeing now that your video is posted doesn't look horribly worrisome right now. Like Bug said, point it out to the vet when you see him next. You could even bring a little cell phone video to show the vet if you don't think you can actually get the pup to demonstrate his walk during your appointment (sometimes dogs get so hyped up at the vets they don't act as they normally do. Like that's a surprise.) If you decide to bring pictures, try to take the video from all angles--side, front and rear shots--as he moves.

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I'd keep an eye on it and like Bug said, have the vet look at it. Would love to see him moving away at a faster clip and a little longer. Maybe see if someone can move him for you.

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Update:

Took him to the Vet where they examined him, and felt his bones/joints. Everything checked out okay, we did some walking up and down the hall but the Vet didn't even notice anything strange? He still has that weird sway from left to right when he walks tho; rear legs do seem longer than front would be a guess on my part.

I will be keeping an eye on this. For some reason now that I have a doberman puppy everything worries me!
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Welcome to our world .....we all are like you..... constantly keeping an eye on our critters for anything abnormal or something we can improve on...
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