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Could lying flat on the ground be a sign of a hip issue?

Since the day we got Giotto he has laid flat on the ground (stomach to surface, all legs/paws out). I thought it was an unusual way to lie, but figured it was a little dog thing. Today he was all stretched out on the ground and a woman walking by who noticed it asked me if he had hip problems. I said no (cause as far as I know he doesn't) and she said that this position was very common for little dogs who have hip issues and that I should get him checked out. He has done this before in front of the vet and they never said a word to me about it possibly being a sign of any health issue, but now I am concerned about it.

Do any of your dogs lie this way..totally flat on the ground? Is it something I should get checked out? Giotto appears fine otherwise. He is very active and runs and has no issues on our walks (which are 1-2 miles at a time).

I will gladly make an appt. if necessary, but I figured I would ask other Hav owners incase maybe this is a Hav thing.
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That's funny I heard it was a sign of good hips. I'll be interested to see what others say.

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Leeann, I have been told the same thing. The frog sit is a sign of good hips. I think Dora does Yoga when I leave the house

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We have dogs who can do both the "Frog" and the "Superman", some now closer to their twelth birthday than their eleventh, and not a bad hip in the family. It's normal. In fact I might worry if one didn't do it.
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Rest assured, it is totally normal.
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oh I love froggy dog!!! At almost 3 Jaspers hips are fine and he does this (although come to think of it we are starting to treat him for mild all over inflammation) Tom what is "superman?"




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Both of mine lay like that and their hips are fine. My German Shep had hip dysplasia and was able to lay like that. It was very funny to see that big dog laying that way.


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Cicero turns into a frog several times a day.


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Scooter too! He does Superman when he's about to get a bath. It's hysterical!

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Cuba also does the superman. It is the cutest thing. my boyfriend thought he was doing it because the floor was cool. I don't think I've seen him do it on the carpet.

The superman is when he lays on his belly and his paws are in front and his feet are straight out in back.
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