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    I wish there was a drawing tool here

    If you look side on at your dog lying down - that is essentially the postiion you are trying to get upright

    When she is lying down all four joints support her equally - even weight distribution - the spine holds everything together but isn't carrying her weight - it is just keep her upright - that is what the spine is designed for - take it out and you go all floppy.

    If you pop her horiztonally the back legs take all of the lower weight plus it takes care of balance - this is ok when taking off or jumping but if you do it static the dog struggles after a short time - try sitting on your bum with your arms an legs in the air - see how long it lasts.

    Not only that but her spine takes the weight of her head and upper body. A dogs spine was not designed to do that for prolonged periods of time. Slipped discs wouldn't be my worry - fractured and compacted discs would -that is often a death sentence and when it isnt - it is a lifetime worth of pain - ask anyone with a compacted disc.

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    okay, Okay I catch your drift. but, she begs on her own anyway.
    I think I would be cute, But if their is a risk of my dog having to be put down, oh hell no. Thanks for making me aware of what could happen - Occy and Hyacinth - that means you. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    - try sitting on your bum with your arms an legs in the air - see how long it lasts.
    I tried this.... It failed! It was funny though, Batty thought it was a great game, he got the zoomies going and barged into me!

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    Also, I think it would be pretty damn hard for her to balance. She has only just learnt how to beg and hold it.

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    Hi Boxerini

    Glad you figured that one out. If she does it, she does it, but it's not something I'd encourage. I didn't know about the sofa problem either until my friend's dog got sick. Some dog builds cope with it better than others, but dogs with really short legs or the large breed dogs seem to be more likely to have problems.

    I make Frosty sit before she gets a treat from me. We have been experimenting with a trick she initiated that I call "Greedy Pig" where she stands up and grabs my hand with her hands to get at the treat, but if she's going to do that uninvited to other people I'm thinking it's a bad trick. It's also probably bad for the same reason as teaching your dog "Stick em up" is bad though in "Greedy Pig" her weight does tend to end up on my hand and so more supported.

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    Bella jumps off the back of the sofa when we are playing fetch inside. How can I stop her from doing this?

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    Dont throw the ball near the couch

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    say im standing in the kitchen, she will run around to the couch, and jump off it. even if im nowhere near the couch.

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    You might need to teach her not to jump on the couch - especially the back of it. If she's not allowed on it unless you pick her up and put her on it, and off it, then that might stop some of the other stuff.

    It does need to stop though. For her own long term health.

    I kept Frosty off certain seats in the house by piling pecariously balanced tin cans. Safe your tuna, sweet corn, tinned tomato cans etc, and make a stack of them, so if she jumps up they rattle and / or fall off and bang. Should provide some discouragement. Don't throw the fetch until she sits on the floor...

    A squirty pistol might help with doggy on the couch too.

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