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My maltese just turned one year-old recently, lately he begins to gain confidence and starts to jump up and down on almost all furnitures in my house including my bed. I'm quite worry for him as i don't think that his little joints can absorb all the constant impact and force. What are the chances that he might sustain a patella luxation?
Please help to enlighten my worries!
 

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I'm not quite sure.. but im thinking maybe ur little maltese is just going through an excited stage. Muff used to do this.. and still does, but only when wind or rain is coming. I think she can sense it. Where you are is it windy..or very hot? Just keep an eye on ur malty and let me know later.
 

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Tiki is like a little devil when he comes in after his walk. He will "motor" around jumping from one piece of furniture to the next! :lol:

He did have a sprain in his leg earlier this year, but that was from jumping straight up (my daughter was holding a toy up) and landing wrong. We had to keep him from jumping for a few weeks and he recovered well. I don't encourage him to jump up, but let him go when he is doing his little dance. He has been fine with no further problems.

I know that some malts are prone to knee problems. Keep an eye on your little one and at the first sign of pain/injury get him to the vet.

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LoL

Muff loves her walk.. and she knows when its time for one.
She gets so excited!! I guess just being able to get outside to socialise!
 

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Ali,
I stayed in a tropical country with hot weather all year round. He just learned how to jump recently and has been doing so all the time. He also loves to jump up straight at us to try to get whatever that we're holding. But after his walk, he usually mellows down and just lies on the floor (really looks like a rug, so nice and cuddly). Now we're in the monsoon season where it rains almost everyday, i do try to keep him indoor most of the time (hence the hyperactive state that he is in). But i really have not much of a choice as a lot of dogs here fell ill due to ticks fever.
Judi,
How do you manage to keep little Tiki from jumping?
 

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Jasmine,

We don't keep him from jumping on the furniture since his "recovery". We NEVER hold a toy or treat up for him to jump for, therefore he won't jump straight up. When he was recovering from his sprain we would ignored him when he tried to motor around, very sad as I think he thought we were mad at him
We would lay on the floor with him and roll around to play and only toss his toy a few feet. When he got on the furniture we watched him closely and would put him on the floor before he got a chance to jump down. He sleeps with us so I put some rolled blankets and pillows around the bed so he could get down more easily. It was hard but it worked; we were able to limit his jumping around enough for him to recover.

Fully recovered now he jumps on everything, but like I said, never straight up. He does love to play fetch and when he is tired he will jump up on the couch and lay down. The vet said that jumping straight up and coming straight down is when an injury would most likley occur in a malt. He said hurdle type jumping is fine.

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Judi,

Thanks for your reply. Now i try to prevent Star from jumping straight up as advised by you. Otherwise he is easily contented with all the attention and toys.

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I cant give you much advise, sorry but only the things that i said. Hopefully he's just going through a Stage, keep us updated!!
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Sampson and Maggie both like to jump alot, beds, couch, chair, etc. Sampson even once jumped over a baby gate we had up to keep him out of a room, but he has settled down a little as he has got older, like me :D Maggie is still perfecting her jumping, sometimes she'll miss the couch and and bounce right off the side
 

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Makes me glad, listening to this that Morgan doesn't jump up on anything. Will make life alot easier and one less thing to have to worry about. He tried twice to jump off of the counter top when I first got him after he had had a bath, I made the mistake walking across the room to grab something I had left on the table, he wanted to follow me. He hasn't tried it since. Thought I was going to have a heat attack. I think the second time he did it, it scared him too!
 

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As I noted above, Tiki loves to jump! As a side bar though, he has never tried to jump over the 1 foot fence we use to keep him out of the laundry room (and litter box). He also hasn't realized he can hop on to the fireplace stoop. We have always kept the cats food up there. It is only about 12 inches high. He will jump on the ottoman that is next to it (much higher!)and he will look over at that delicious cat food, but doesn't realize he could just hop on up there if he wanted to


Not the sharpest little guy in to tool shed, but always a joy!

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Maxi over the last month has been jumping on everything it scares me too
starting this past monday i gave him full rein of the house since i work i hated having to gate him in and so far he has done fabulous
i often wonder what the heck he is doing when im not home probably jumping from couch to couch, he can be hyper at times
 

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Daezei and Maya also jump form couch to couch, specially when they are playing chasing eachother, since Maya is lighter and faster she never misses the couch but Daezie she is little bigger and a little heavier so if she doesnt jump high enough she misses the couch.

When they are chasing eachother like that I have to put pillows on the floor (we have wood floor) so the landing is not too hard on her....LOL
 

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i often wonder what the heck he is doing when im not home[/B]
Maxi is probably having malt parties and snooping where he is not suppoed to be (closet?) :D .... just kidding, he is most likely sleeping; that is what Tiki does.

When they are chasing eachother like that I have to put pillows on the floor[/B]
I would love to see these two in action! I laugh out loud when my cat and Tiki go at it.... If I could only have that much fun!

Judi
 
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