We got a new bed recently; about a week and a half after Luke had made the transition to the floor. His transition turned out to be perfect timing as the bed that arrived was much higher than our previous one; do to taking the old box springs out. Our bed has a high frame so when we were calculating whether we should get the high or low profile box springs we chose the high. I wasn't sure that the box would clear the frame; enabling me to make the bed easily. The bed arrived and it seemed high. It turned out to be about as high as our last bed with the box springs. But, I found it just a tad high for Elsa to be jumping off of. Funny how just a few inches can make a huge difference.
I watched as Elsa flew onto the bed and then carefully assessed as she jumped off. Most of the time I lift her off; I'm very use to lifting dogs off the bed. But, I cannot always lift her off so there was going to be a lot of times that she was jumping off herself. The two box springs were only 4" apart, so I wondered if that would make a difference. I thought about high heels; there is a fine line in heel height. A point where you have weight on both the front and back part of your foot; then just a fraction higher and all the weight goes to the front making the shoes horribly uncomfortable.
With the high profile box, Elsa was having to jump straight down which I was not comfortable with. Not when I thought about how many times she was going to jump off of that bed. So I made the call and had the box springs switched out. They arrived yesterday and yep, 4" makes a huge difference. It has changed the angle in which she is jumping; making it a much more acceptable jump off.
Great article on shoulder in Working dogs.
Four inches changed the jump angle drastically. She went from jumping straight down; which put most of the impact on her shoulder to jumping out and off normally. The jump now is more outward. After pondering about the bed height; I of course set off to research shoulders. I found this very good article on rehab of agility shoulders and the one above.
Canine shoulder rehab
Dogs are born to run, jump and dive. But you must always take precautions on everything that they do. 4", who'd think that it would make such a difference? Well, Luke sure did. Last night he charged into the our room and right up on the bed. He had not been jumping on the bed with the other box springs; he just stood looking. I was surprised that he was able to judge the difference when it was barely visible for me. Dogs, they are truly amazing.