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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-26-2010, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Puppy strangness

We noticed our (nearly) 6 month puppy running around with her rear end out to the side. (From the top she looked a little like the letter C).
We just noticed it the other day and we are not sure if she always did it but we didn't notice through the fur. She just got shaved so its easy to notice things. That's a whole other story.
But she doesn't do it all the time and when she chases us around the yard she is straight as an error. I am thinking she just gets distracted by her tail or an itch or something. She goes to the vet frequently and he said her hips were fine.
She has a check up in a couple of weeks but I am curious if this is something others have noticed? I will get the vet a call on Monday just to be sure.
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She could just be chasing her tail? Another thing is if she is checking her hiney or chewing or scooting or you nottice a funny smell, she could have full anal glands. One of the signs is when they chew or fuss. The she could need them expressed.

Hmmmm another thought is if she was recently shaved down and they did a "sanitary trim" she could be bothered by the recent trim with it being itchy or even just noticing the wind back there!
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Walking in a curve (C-shape) is a calming signal. It is the pup's way of trying to appease you, or anyone else (human or other).

Turid Rugaas addresses this in her book,

She has a website with a great Q & A section.


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Thanks for posting this website. It is very interesting.

I learned a new calming signal, the curve.

Just signed up for her newsletter!

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Thank you so much, she seemed to start it since she was shaved and my wife told me the groomer said she could be itchy, (Or the breeze) she seems to be fine. Boy did it have me worried, thanks for the comments and the link
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My first schnauzer did this all the time. It is listed as a fault under the breed. Don't think it had anything to do with calmness. Just was her gait.
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