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FE238: Structure and Movement

Instructor: Sue Ailsby

Course Details

What's in there anyway? Little wheels? Why is one dog graceful and another one clumsy? What's a fiddle front and why should you care? Will that puppy grow out of those cow hocks? Why DOES that dog walk sideways all the time? And why do little injuries always seem to happen on the front end?

Most dog sports people don't think of the structure of a dog at all - either when they're picking out the dog that's going to be living and working with them for the next 10 to 15 years, or when they're picking what sports are reasonable for that dog to play in. "Oh," they think, "that's for those dog show people!"

That's too bad. Structure affects movement, and movement affects everything your dog does every day, let alone the sports you want to play with her. Structure affects how much muscle she'll build, how fast she'll be, what tight turns she'll be able to make, and her risk of injury.

Come join us on an adventure into the structure of our canine companions! 

NOTE:  If you're afraid we're going to be criticizing your Gold dog in front of everybody - it's not about criticizing at ALL. It's about learning the particular dog's strengths and weaknesses so you can make reasonable decisions about what sports to safely play, what sorts of exercises might help strengthen a weak point (exercises are Debbie Gross's department, though, not mine!), and what to look for in your next pup. My own dogs will be right up there showing off their goods and bads, so don't be shy!