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Old July 20th, 2011, 05:22 PM
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Jessie scuffs her feet

Does anyone have dog that "scuffs" their feet when they walk? We've been noticing that Jessie does it quite often, more if she doesn't really want to go where we are asking her to go.

It is so funny, because Simon almost tip toes, as did all our past dogs. Jessie sounds like she has little house slippers on.

Just wondering if anyone else has one who does this.

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Old July 20th, 2011, 05:34 PM
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I have never seen a dog do that, but the image in my head now


I will bet it is the cutest thing to watch. No I don't wanna go there
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Old July 20th, 2011, 05:57 PM
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DMC123 Winston does that. He scuffs his back left leg...he has done it since I can remember. It always bothered me but the vets back then had checked his hips and legs and said he was okay. I too notice it more when he is stiff or tired....
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Old July 20th, 2011, 06:18 PM
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Macie scuffs her feet a lot, too. I keep her nails short because that's part of her problem, but she walks funny, too. She just doesn't pick her feet up very far. As long as Jessie isn't knuckling when she walks, it's probably nothing more than an odd gait. Maybe this is conclusive proof of setter blood!
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Old July 20th, 2011, 06:38 PM
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Nookie scuffs his feet when he walks, and he walks very heavy. He sounds like a whole herd of puppies when he's going up/down the stairs

Thorin is very "delicate" for such a big guy. He's a very prissy boy and walks very soft
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Old July 20th, 2011, 07:04 PM
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Heheh, if she lived here she get "pick your feet up when you walk!!" That used to really bug my Dad when people would shuffle along.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 07:33 PM
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LOL to all, and to Hazel, we are sure she is part setter - 3/4 maybe, but still some part of a short haired/ long legged pup. She doesn't have the long hair on any of her legs.

We are taking her to the vet tomorrow, to see if some hair loss is due to fleas, heat, or something worse. Poor thing is getting bare in spots.

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Old July 20th, 2011, 07:52 PM
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Poor dear! Hope it's something trivial!

As for feathers--setters often don't get their adult coats for years. The earliest we've had a setter feather out is about age 2. Brier is just getting his adult coat now and he's 4.
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Poor dear! Hope it's something trivial!

As for feathers--setters often don't get their adult coats for years. The earliest we've had a setter feather out is about age 2. Brier is just getting his adult coat now and he's 4.
Interesting! Her tail is somewhat feathered.

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If she is dragging her feet so that the tops of her toes scuff and she wears some hair off that can be a sign of neurological problems in her back. Depending on where in her back there might be a problem she might "knuckle over" on just the back feet or front and back, not so often just the front. When our last girl's back went this was one of the first things the Vet asked if we had noticed.

Dogs who scuff the pads of their feet may have too long toenails.

Or, she just walks funny. If it is how she has always walked then this is probably it.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 10:08 PM
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Interesting! Her tail is somewhat feathered.

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Tails and backs of legs get some early feathering that gets thicker and longer with the adult coat...along with the belly-, flank-, and chest-fur. Brier surprised us with his coat--he was so silky, now he's getting woolly.
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If she is dragging her feet so that the tops of her toes scuff and she wears some hair off that can be a sign of neurological problems in her back. Depending on where in her back there might be a problem she might "knuckle over" on just the back feet or front and back, not so often just the front. When our last girl's back went this was one of the first things the Vet asked if we had noticed.

Dogs who scuff the pads of their feet may have too long toenails.

Or, she just walks funny. If it is how she has always walked then this is probably it.
Thanks, but she only does this on occasion, and it always seems to be when she doesn't want to go - like to bed, etc.

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Old July 21st, 2011, 05:45 PM
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Poor dear! Hope it's something trivial!
She saw the vet today - Dr. Jen said she is very sensitive to fleas (of course), but also she thought sensitve/allergic to grass and pollens. She gave her a cortisone shot and we put Vectra on both dogs today instead of Frontline. Both vets said their other clients/patients are doing better with Vectra...time will tell.

But no major skin issues, whew!

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Old July 21st, 2011, 06:58 PM
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That's good news!! We've got a few with seasonal allergies--with luck she'll grow out of them.
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I hope she does grow out of them, we can hope!

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