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Not sure if this is the right part of the forum but I have a question about side-sitting sometimes referred to as lazy sitting or puppy sitting!

My lab is almost 7 months and only recently have we noticed that he has on/off lamness, for which a dog physio has been of amazing help! One vet did an x-ray of his hips and said he thought it was fine, although I am not thrilled with this vet, and it's my nature to question things :)

A few weeks ago, we noticed that he stretches his left out to the side when he sits. Before that he was sitting quite perfectly. The physio adjust his back a bit and since then he has been sitting really perfectly again.

On occassion though, he does slouch to the left side. Is this just a co-incidence?

Do puppies often side-sit ? From what I have read online, all signs always point to HD! and this makes me quite nervous!

At what age should puppies stop side-sitting?

The physio said that she can stretch his back legs out all the way which was a good sign. She thought that if he had an early problem with HD, she would not be able to stretch his back legs out all the way... (I am assuming this is true)

So last night I went through old photos on my cell phone, because lord knows I have hundreds of puppy photos! and I noticed a few photos of when he was 4 months, and he was side sitting to the left side...

again, is this just a co-incidence and part of growing? or could it point to a problem with the hips? it seems to always be the left leg. He does not bunny hop, and he does not take the stairs. We have hardwood floors and wooden stairs, so he is scared of climbing the steps anyway and we are careful when we play catch indoors because he slides all over the place!

This is my first lab, so I am not familiar with lab-ness :)
But I am really worried about HD since Labs are so prone to this!
 

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I have experience of my labs and those of friends and I don't believe side-sits indicate anything other than a preference or a relaxed dog.

Luna's specialist asked once if Luna ever lay with her legs stretched out the back in what is often called 'frog' style. She does sometimes. I asked if it was significant. He said it wasn't, he was just curious. It seems that he believed that dogs with good hips do this and dogs with bad hips can do too. Luna has bad hips!

Luna doesn't tend to do sloppy sits, she does good sits or lies down. Tucker does great sits when alert but sloppy sits when relaxed.

I wouldn't say that sloppy sits indicate HD at all. It's something I would judge is 'normal' I think.
 

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My ten year old side sits, she has 3/3 hips, so does her half sister who has 0/0 hips, and her niece who has 5/5 hips. Like Laura, I think side sitting is more habit, all of mine can sit straight, when food or reward is involved but they choose to sit in a more comfortable position much like I would if I'm honest!
 

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Thanks everyone!

the side sitting is perhaps harmless and a puppy thing, it just so happens that he ONLY ever side sits off to the LEFT and his left leg is the one that he sometimes has problems with. He was limping on it for a couple of days, we went to the vet, they couldn't see anything, said he was growing (!?) but often when he sits, he sticks his left leg out to the side and does not sit on it properly... is this part of side sitting or could it be related to something else?
 

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Can he sit straight for example if you hold a treat until he is in a symmetric leg sit position?

He may prefer to sit with that leg out the same way we prefer to have a watch on a certain wrist.
 

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I am sat in my armchair with my legs tucked up to the right - I always sit this way. I know it isn't good for my back, my hips or my circulation but I still do it. It is a habit and I am comfortable this way.
 
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