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15-04-2006, 09:19 PM   #1

Strengthening pasterns - any techniques?


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15-04-2006, 09:45 PM   #2

Re: Strengthening pasterns - any techniques?


I was always told that road walking was the best kind of exercise for this. Mine get quite alot of hard surface walking and are well up on their toes, but only classed as medium breed and mature quicker than the larger breed. Maybe being a large breed with growth taking priority over muscle developement it will just take time. Just a thought?



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15-04-2006, 10:19 PM   #3

Re: Strengthening pasterns - any techniques?


Walking on gravel/loose stone surfaces can help.

Also supplementing diet with EsterC is highly recommended by a GSD breeder I know of. Have seen 'before' & 'after' photos of pups that were down on their pasterns and the EsterC would appear to have worked. I don't believe it would work on a mature dog.



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15-04-2006, 10:22 PM   #4

Re: Strengthening pasterns - any techniques?


I don't know if I am being dim, but what are pasterns? Heels? :smt105



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15-04-2006, 11:09 PM   #5

Re: Strengthening pasterns - any techniques?


The pastern is the metacarpus - the bit between the carpus (wrist) and the digits (foot). A dog that is 'down in the pasterns' has pasterns which slope too much away from the perpendicular



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15-04-2006, 11:34 PM   #6

Re: Strengthening pasterns - any techniques?


Would swimming not help?

When a dog swims, it's feet can't just go anywhere so the pasterns would have to be strong to keep the feet in the right place wouldn't they?

I was told to keep T walking in woods as well as hard surfaces over sticks and things. Don't know how it works but that's what I was told!



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15-04-2006, 11:45 PM   #7

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I always walk mine on hard surface, just normal pavement walking really for about 20-30 mins a day for this



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16-04-2006, 12:01 AM   #8

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I always walk mine on hard surface, just normal pavement walking really for about 20-30 mins a day for this
A loose, uneven surface is preferred as the movement causes the tendon to flex in a manner that will strengthen it



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16-04-2006, 08:54 AM   #9

Re: Strengthening pasterns - any techniques?


Do you have access to a beach at all?

Our local one has a lot of large cobbles that would be an ideal rough service to strenghten them up, if you have one near you it would be worth doing perhaps?



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16-04-2006, 09:27 AM   #10

Re: Strengthening pasterns - any techniques?


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The pastern is the metacarpus - the bit between the carpus (wrist) and the digits (foot). A dog that is 'down in the pasterns' has pasterns which slope too much away from the perpendicular
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