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    i hear you on allowing the nice wide circle return, as opposed to a recall that is a sharp about turn for bernie as recall = run as fast as you can to me, i spent months and months, so the recall is just as fast as the send away, now all that training is biting us on the arse. Im leaving the recall command out to prevent this.

    But ive no idea how to teach a random vermin rabbit to run in a straight line whilst being chased down by a very large GSD? I think i might have to pass on this one lol

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    random running rabbit challenge...

    random sits and downs...

    ultimate goal... can he do a drop - from the middle of a chase-the-rabbit run?

    I've seen it done - amazing. Mine doesn't have it - and in my case - the rabbit isn't running until she picks it up, and it's not a rabbit - it's usually some menky abandoned take away - with chicken bones in it. Sigh.

    Start small and up close with great treats.

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    It was once explained to me that knee problems are caused by pinched nerves in the back. It was said that if a dog is out of alignment in the back the pinched nerve affects rear leg movement. If the dog uses the rear leg properly it causes muscle spasm (lots of pain). Instead the dog starts to take shorter steps with the rear legs...this leads to muscle wastage over time so you may notice one leg bigger than the other at the back, or both legs getting that wasted away look over time. Basically its not until you go to play ball or there is something to chase that the dogs body floods with adrenalin and allows them to push through this pain barrier. They stretch out and push all the way back with the rear legs....the muscles still spasm to protect the pinched nerves....and something has to give, quite often leading to cruciate ligament problems. Makes sense in an unmedical way haha. Chiropractic adjustments to ensure the dog is in alignment can help of course to have this not continue to get worse and remove any pain that is there if it is related to this

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    I have found the cause of his injury. It is this new door we bought, basically a dog flap into double glazed patio doors. He takes it too fast, and bangs his knee on the frame.
    I have put an obstacle in the way, to slow the entrance through the dog door and prevent further injury occurring.

    Can bernie come out of peak drive to the command DROP. No way! I do not have control past drive initiation, if i dont intervene then n there, its all over with the control lol

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    I was once asked by a trainer, to send my dog away, and as he was doing this, i was told to drop him. I shouted Drop, and the dog did! he never did this behaviour again lol but sure was a nice feeling fluke for a while

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    ‘Bernie’ – how is Bernie going with his knee? Pleased to read that you worked out he did his injury ! smiley-eatdrink004.gif

    Some things I have come across that have had really good reviews – some I have used – others not yet.

    Please do your own research!

    Chiropractors – have used them in the past and have been very happy with the service. The ones I like and go to are the ones that are popular with the greyhound people for their racing dogs.

    Laser Acupuncture – my vet does this – and I have seen absolutely awesome results! Even used it on my stubbed toe and my poor sore ankle!

    Bowen Therapy – heaps of ‘happy campers’ around speaking the benefits of this therapy – for both 2 legged and 4 legged family members!

    Others –supplements - Rose Hip Vital Canine, Pernaease Powder or Sasha’s Blend (PP cheaper than SB), and Coconut Oil.

    Watch his weight and keep up a good exercise system with him – swimming is probably the best. Don’t overdo things.

    Watch for muscle wastage on the affected leg – not easy to see when Bernie would be getting his winter woollies on now – but check – anyway. Pups can be real sneaky with pain and hide it very well. Even when they are racing around – they may seem to be using all 4 legs – but they are not.

    Muscle wastage was the first thing that alerted me to problems with my previous GSP. I didn’t want to go down the surgery road either – so looked for other ways.

    Hope all is well in your neck of the woods !

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