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Like others have suggested, my first thought is physical discomfort. Without seeing a vet, you won't know that for sure. Once you're able to again, I would schedule a vet visit to discuss. It may be as simple as getting your dog on joint supplements to help keep things moving freely.

Your dogs are around 5 years old, I'm guessing? That's considered middle age for even a medium size dog, and they're rescues, to boot, so you have no idea of their parentage or the health history of their ancestors. Bad joints at middle age might be part of their genetic makeup! I'm dealing with the same issue with my rescue dog who turns 5 in July. He's energetic and will run until he bleeds, but he's pretty much middle aged! I'm noticing a bit more stiffness after heavy exercise, takes a bit more time to recover. Much like me, lol!

Is it a huge deal? No, but it takes more thoughtfulness on my part, as well as a plan with my vet to keep his joints healthy for as long as possible!
 
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