Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
I would just watch it for now. But puppies should not be taking flying leaps off porch steps. He could do permanent damage to his hips, shoulders and growth plates. Try not to throw the ball unless he's on the ground and begin to train him to avoid this leaping. That said Luca sometimes leaps, usually up steps and he does sometimes miss but fortunately he hasn't hurt himself.
We all have those things : ) Sorry that some of my comments were a bit off the mark.
Heather, maybe he just bent a toe or nail too far when he landed on it. I'd just watch it for a day or so and see if he is still limping, if he is then I'd take him to be checked. Hopefully he will be all good again tomorrow.
My Sasha jumps really high when she is catching her frizzbe. When she was a puppy she limped one time for a few days. I did the same as you.. I checked her leg, no swelling, OK to the touch etc. etc. It just worked its way out after a few days.. I don't throw the frizzbe high anymore I keep it low so she does not have to jump high.
My Hartley has been limping since the end of August, also on his left front leg. He is 4 1/2 and is hard player too - chases and wrestles with our other dog, plays fetch until your arm fallls off, does agility training etc etc. We have been back and forward to the vet, tried anti-inflammatories, rest etc etc. Had x-rays of his shoulder, nothing wrong with the joint that they could see. If we rest him it gets better, but never totally goes away, as soon as he begins running/jumping/cutting, it comes back again. We are going next week to see a canine rehab specialist (essentially a dog physio!!) in Toronto for her opinion. The vets suggestion was to see an orthopaedic surgeon in Guelph, but I figured I'd rather try physio seeing as they couldn't find anything wrong with the joint. I'll let you know how it goes!
It could be a slight strain/sprain Heather. Gus would do this regularly when he was younger. A couple days rest and he was good to go. But like everyone else said, just keep an eye on him in case it doesn't go away with rest.