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Your dog can not sit properly? – What the sitting position says about the musculoskeletal system of your dog

Dein Hund kann nicht richtig sitzen? Dies kann verschiedene körperliche Ursachen haben. Erfahre hier, welche das sind und was du tun kannst.

When it comes to the diagnosis of diseases of the musculoskeletal system, the gait of the dog is usually looked at. Rarely is there a look at how the dog’s position changes. However, physical problems of the dog can also be detected by its sitting position. Therefore, if you want to find out if the dog might be suffering from a musculoskeletal disorder, you should always look at how he completes the various position changes.

It is also valuable for you as a dog person to know what abnormalities there may be in the sit position. Because if your dog is exhibiting one or more of the things listed, you should definitely have them take a look at their musculoskeletal system and get to the bottom of the cause. Dog can not sit properly

Abnormalities in the position seat of the dog: Dog cannot sit properly

– strong curvature of the back
– one-sided tilt to the side
– Knee joints pressed outward or inward
– dog stretched knee joints
– the head is left hanging
– Relief of one foreleg or alternate relief of the forelegs

The abnormalities can also occur in combination with each other.

A disease is not always the cause. It may also be habituated over a long period of time. In many cases, however, this is the case. This can be found out by an orthopedic examination.

What problems may exist? Dog can not sit properly

The health problems can be different. Common are:

– Knee disorders
– Hip diseases like hip dysplasia or hip arthrosis
– Back diseases like spondylosis

the cause.

Why is a correct sitting position so important for the dog?

Poor posture in the sit will also affect how your dog moves. If we assume, as an example, that the dog lets itself slide to one side in the sit position, and then wants to stand up, this movement cannot be “physiological”, i.e. normal. Here he does not have the possibility to push himself up evenly from the hindquarters, but uses the shoulder girdle and the forehand in a supportive way. Dog can not sit properly

In the long term, this does not remain without consequences

This leads to an overload of the muscles of the forelegs and, as a consequence, tension of the muscles and possibly also overload damage to the articular cartilage of the forelegs. The muscles of the hind legs and lower back become weaker. Blockages in the back are also possible. In locomotion, your dog will rely more and more on his front legs and the hind legs just run along.

What can you do?

Whether it’s a bad habit or a musculoskeletal condition that’s the cause, it’s important to practice a healthy sitting position. Dog can not sit properly

One way to do this is to practice the stand-sit change regularly. In my online courses, for example, the stand sit change is an important exercise, as it is an everyday movement for many dogs and therefore an important basis. By the way, the change of position itself is not boring at all, but an exercise that promotes joint mobility of the entire hindquarters as well as the muscles of the lower back and hindquarters.

However, it alone is usually not sufficient. According to the diagnosis etc.. it makes sense to do a combination of different active movement exercises regularly to successively promote the correct position and train healthy movement sequences.

Can your dog sit correctly or does he show evasive movements? Feel free to share your experiences with me in the comments.

All the love, your Tina

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