|Barked: Wed Sep 29, '10 6:44pm PST |
|From the sound of it, no, that isn't a normal standard poodle trot. S'poos move in a very confident, springy, showy manner. The feet do not turn in or out.
The way you are describing it makes it sound like your baby's feet might just turn in? Not too sure without seeing a picture or video. Here's a site which explains structure, if you scroll down there is a brief diagram on movement as well as the rear. http://www.bijoupoodles.com/PoodleStructure.html
Here is a link to a thread which (a few posts down) contains some links to videos of Quincy, a show standard pup, practicing movement for show. If you go to the link and look through Arreau's other vids, you will find more with Quincy moving. Hopefully you can get something out of them!! (if not, he's a darn cute dog to watch anyway! LOL )
I'm not too sure about the slowing down on walks, but I know Desmond at least reduces his pace toward the end of the walk. When we leave, I'm just a step away from jogging to keep up with him for a while! Then thankfully he slows down to a reasonable pace when he gets all that energy out. How long are your walks? Maybe you need to take shorter walks if he is getting uncomfortable or tired like that at the end. I would keep an eye on that issue; he may have some pain in his hips or knees which is causing his legs to turn in like that and slow down.
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