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Nerve entrapment can be very painful. With some dogs it can cause a fear-aggression reaction. This is because they feel vulnerable to being hurt accidentally and so ward other dogs off. For instance, with younger dogs around, even if there have been good relationships beforehand, a growl, bark or even nip can be a “Keep away” message.

Many dogs are self-protective when hurt (so are we!) and will growl to warn people off.

But the consequences change when it is a young human instead of a young dog that gets nipped...!

In this cae, the bite – on the kids’ friends leg – had been more accidental than anything else.

With a sore back, Lucy might have misjudged her action as she made the warning teeth-bared pretend-nip and was probably surprised (and frightened!) by the result.

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The Injured Footballer

I adjusted her back end – it took about a minute – with Lucy growling and squirming and then I stepped back and suggested Dad let her go. Lucy stood stock-still for a moment, looked round at me and Mum, licked her lips and then trotted off to explore the room. I noticed her tail was up, her gait was even and increasingly energetic, and her curiosity blossoming.

Mum and Dad stood astounded, not sure whether to accept the relief they felt or hold their breath in case she went back to stiff and slow. I was happy, I could see Lucy was in a completely different place. We all watched as we discussed the situation. I told them that I thought she had been barged in the back end by someone or something, and they remembered a football match a week or ten days ago when she’d got between the goal and the ball, and one of the bigger kids had shot at goal, and caught Lucy around the hip, full on. “That would explain it!”, I said.

Mum burst into tears and Dad looked a bit thoughtful. I asked them to bring her back for a follow-up session, which they did. She looked well and happily allowed me to treat her gain – misalignments in the same place, but much milder – so I arranged for a six-month MOT. And at that visit, Lucy was fine, and the family reunited in football, but a little more careful!

Lucy the 14-month Labrador had grown well and was a joyful member of the family football team with the children. One day, she suddenly retired to her bed, which was under the open-plan stairs in the hall. She refused to to play from then on. As the children ran past, she would growl and watch them intently. She walked quite stiffly to her food-bowl, but once there, her appetite was fading, she was not keen to outside to relieve herself and she shut herself away from the family... Everyone started to worry that she had some fatal condition and was going downhill fast.

And then one day, Lucy swung at one of the kids’ friends as he ran past too close and made contact, nipping his calf sore. The fuss that ensued was quite understandable and Mum and Dad became quite upset that she was getting more violent. It seemed Lucy’s days were numbered.

Lucy was brought in to see me. She was moving slowly and awkwardly, tired and drooping. I could see her eyes darting about all over the empty room trying to understand what was happening. Her nose would be telling her that lots of dogs have been in the room before, some of whom had pee’d in the corner! It will also have told her there were no unusual chemical smells. Even so, she was nervous.

We had to put Lucy in a muzzle before I could assess her, she was so intent on swinging round at me with teeth bared, even with Dad trying to hold her head straight for me. I quickly found major misalignments in her pelvis and lumbar region. After some discussion about the pain this would cause, we decided to go ahead with treatment.