Oh dear, we finally decided to get a puppy- hes a black german shepherd, he's 20 months old, and such a great dog. The people who had him prior really trained him and our 5 year old and 2 year old are the masters over him already. Well, we have a concern, we were throwing a ball in the yard and he would chase it and bring it to us... after a few days of doing this for short periods of time he is favoring/limping on his right side. Both front paw and back leg. I examined, palpitated, and even applied pressure to both legs and he is sore but no crying out from him. Have been applying essential oils to the legs but worried if there is a possibility of more wrong... is this normal behavior for a dog and he will get better over time? we have been taking it easy on him since he started limping and not playing ball with him just walking with him in the yard. He still wants to play ball but we wont give in since we want him to heal. HAs anyone had any experience with this? I will take him to the vet if it doesnt get better, but i know it will cost a small fortune, so hoping it wont be neccesary. we have only had him for 3 weeks and we are so crazy about him. any advice would be greatly appreciated.