'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Friday, 6 May 2011

Patella Luxation follow-up.

According to the vet, Lola's back legs (including her hips and knees) are absolutely fine. Barring accident or injury, she's very unlikely to have any problems with them; the vet is pretty sure she won't get Patella Luxation or Legg–CalvĂ©–Perthes syndrome, as both usually set in by seven months. The vet also mentioned that Jack Russells in general do do stupid things with their back legs - it's apparently not uncommon for a perfectly healthy dog to lift one back leg up and zoom around with their stride otherwise normal.

We had two reactivity incidents while we were out: the first one occured when a boy was running around the same corner we were turning, and stopped only a foot or so away; the second occured after the vet had been pulling at Lola's legs for three-four minutes and was the first person she saw (a receptionist stepping out from behind the desk and passing by us very closely whilst staring at Ro). We're still working on that though, but in the meantime the girls are celebrating the good news by having a nice new raw bone each, and Lola even has a cheap cuddly rabbit toy to rip up.


Sara said...

Well, that was very good news from the vet!

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Excellent news! I am so glad to hear that Lola is fit and won't have to worry about leg problems!

Sophie said...

We're pretty glad here too! Of course, being a silly JRT, I can't guarantee she won't charge into something and break her leg at some point in her life. Silly girl.