the healthy dogs

Welcome to the posture library!

Just like people, dogs who are uncomfortable will sit differently to try to be more comfortable. 

Can you see where these dogs hurt? 

HERE IS A HINT: they should ALL be able to sit squarely, when asked.

Normal Posture

Square sit

Straight back

Even weight distribution

normal postures

Abnormal Posture

The Side sit - "positive sit test"

Extended back legs

Wide Based front legs

sitting funny

The Paw Pillow

Reluctance to use front legs

Opposite diagonals

laying funny

Wide front legs, side sit, extended leg

Bum rolled, external rotation of back legs

Leaning against furniture/walls


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