A Hip Dysplasia Study and Choosing a Juniors Dog
A 10-year study out of Norway indicates that a puppy’s environment during the first three months of life may have a greater influence on the development of hip dysplasia than previously thought. Although further research is needed, the Norwegian report suggests that modifications made to the environment of very young puppies could help to prevent the disease. Find out how 500 individual dogs of four affected breeds were part of the study that included veterinary exams, X-rays and annual questionnaires.
Finding just the right dog to partner with can be a junior handler’s greatest challenge. In DFR today, Kayla Bertagnolli talks about how she showed several different dogs of various breeds before she found her “perfect” partner. Meet the hound that gave Kayla one of her best memories competing in juniors and learn how some judges like to reward teamwork over the “push button” dogs in the Junior Showmanship ring.
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Breeders may be able to do even more about preventing dysplasia in their litters than previously known.
While genes set up the possibility of hip dysplasia, studies have pointed to weight and rapid growth as triggers for its development. Now, new research indicates that the environment during a puppy’s first three months of life may have more effect on its risk for developing the condition.
Randi I. Krontveit, D.V.M., Ph.D., spent 10 years doing canine dysplasia research for her doctoral thesis. more
Choosing just the right dog for a junior handler today can be a challenge. For some, the choice is easy, but for others it can be a struggle to find the “perfect” dog.
Sometimes it’s difficult to find the dog that will essentially become a teammate both in and out of the ring. Not only do juniors need to learn how to handle, they also learn about the breeds they enjoy showing. Picking that perfect dog from among all the recognized breeds isn’t always so easy. more