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12 September 2023 - 12:14 pm
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Hi, We are fostering a tripawed border collie, unsocialised to the general world, but friendly and cuddly. When i walk her on the lead she enjoys a good sniffari. 

I would like her, for her own confidence and safety, to walk beside me. Normally this would be on the left.

Her left rear leg is missing, so I am thinking that she would be more comfortable for her on the right.

Am I just overthinking the whole situation.

What is your experience with this.

Thanks for your help.

smiley4

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12 September 2023 - 1:12 pm
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Welcome, Lexi. Your future posts won't require approval.

Thank you for fostering a tripawd! What's her name?

My dog is missing her right rear leg. I have her walk on my left because I have a chronic issue with my right wrist, so I feel safer holding the leash with my left hand. I don't think my dog has a preference as to which side I am on relative to her amputation. For YOUR dog, maybe try both sides and see if you notice a difference when you're on one side or the other? If your dog doesn't care, I would say do what you're comfortable with.

Overthinking is normal. You're trying to do right by your foster dog and that's great!


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12 September 2023 - 1:53 pm
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Her Name is Lexi,   It is all about her.

 

Thanks for your fabulous reply

Grace

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12 September 2023 - 1:55 pm
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Thank you for helping that sweet tripawd become the dog she was born to be.

  Love this term:

      sniffari

That's what the "walk" is really about, eh?  Just let them enjoy all the stories sniffing things tells them.....who...what...when...why.."Sniffari" tells them everything!

Anyway, agree with Mischief.  Not sure the dogs have a preference,....the hoomans may.  As Mischief  said, you can try voth sides and see what works best for you or if your pup does indeed show a preference.   They do need a faster gait to help keep balance and to help keep a easy flow of movement.

Thanks again for fostering this pup.  What's her name?

Hugs 

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

Virginia







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12 September 2023 - 1:56 pm
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Oh....while I was typoing jist saw her name.  Hello Lexie♥️

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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12 September 2023 - 3:12 pm
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Hi and welcome.

My little Tri is missing her rear right leg, Elly has been on three for more than 8 years now. She is about 15 pounds.

Elly shows no preference due to her amputation but she has severe anxiety and fear issues so I let her choose which side when we are around people or other dogs. She usually wants me in between her and whoever is around.

One other thing though- Elly's most comfortable gait is a bit faster than I usually walk so unless she needs to be next to me I don't ask her to 'heel'. When we pass people or dogs or are going to a store or the vet I keep her close.

Thank you for fostering in general and bonus points for fostering a Tripawd!

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls and Boy

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

1999 to 2010

 

              Maggie's Story                  Amputation and Chemo


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13 September 2023 - 2:18 am
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Hi, Valuable information Thank you so much

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