Did you know that dogs have no collar bone?
A dog’s front end essentially floats on muscular and ligamentous attachments. Why? Because being built this way gives a dog the most cushioning and flexibility that they need to run, jump, and leap, especially if it’s in the course of catching their prey. These disconnected shoulder bones also allow for greater stride length, a plus in the field.
You’re kidding yourself – and cheating your dog – if you think that structure and soundness don’t matter in a dog that isn’t in a dog show. Every dog deserves to be as healthy as he or she can be, and if your dog was bred in a way that didn’t put soundness first as a goal, here’s what you do:
Image: Irish Terrier by Eve Holoran/verybestdog