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Structure of the Dog, Basic Course

Structure of the Dog - Basic Course is a book for everyone interested in the structure and wellbeing of dogs.

The book has 300 A4-sized pages. It includes 98 exercises and numerous illustrative photos and drawings, which guide you to understand the details of dog structure in a very practical way. You will not just passively read, you will actively learn - by seeing, doing, practicing, and realizing yourself.

The ambitious aim of the book is to provide you with tools that will help you distinguish essential from nonessential, see all the details of the dog structure and understand the resulting whole.

By reading the book and doing all the exercises, you will become an expert of dog structure and movement. You will understand the connection between structure and movement, you will be able to recognize the risk factors in the skeletal system and joints of a dog, you will distinguish normal from abnormal structure in different structural-functional breed types, and much more.

The basis of the book is in natural sciences and ethics. The book encourages the reader to ethical dog ownership, breeding and dog sports. The main focus is on healthy structure, movement and overall wellbeing of the dog.

Structure of the Dog - Basic Course is the right book for you, if:
  • You want to own and breed dogs with a healthy structure
  • for You, healthy structure is an ethically important criterion when selecting a breed or an individual dog
  • You are interested in dog shows
  • You are planning a career as a dog show judge
  • You want to develop your eye for the dog structure, both in details and as a whole
  • You want to understand what kinds of structure and movement are the most suitable for different dog sports
  • You want to learn to distinguish essential from nonessential, normal from abnormal, healthy from unhealthy as regards the structure of the dog
  • You want to recognize the anatomical risks of dogs and understand how they impact the dog´s life
  • You want to deepen your knowledge of the structural-functional types of dogs as well as your understanding of their impact on the dog movement
  • You prefer learning by observing, doing and practicing rather than just reading
  • both physical and psychical wellbeing of dogs are important for You

ISBN-13: 9789523395688, ISBN-10: 9523395688

How to order?

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Online bookstores in Finnish
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The book will soon be available also as an e-book!

Table of ContentsPage
Table of Contents2
Learning the structure of the dog from the bottom to the top4
Basics of the basic dog5
The basic dog11
Structural types14
Structure and use20
The chains of prey drive in the basic dog and some bred dog breeds21
Structure and movement scheme24
Addition to the theory of types: chondrodysplastic breeds25
A critical look at the breed standards25
Dog breeds on the structural-functional “world atlas”26
Risk areas of the structural-functional world atlas27
Does the standard describe goal or existing ideal?28
Breeders’ choices and orientations32
Gaussian bell curves33
Type must be found in the standard35
Observing rib cages and forelegs38
The structural-functional type of chondrodysplastic breeds40
Natural limits41
Closed phase of gallop in different types46
The reach of rear step in different types47
Division into three trots48
The three dimensions of trot50
Right for the types51
The trot “triangles”55
Ideas for breed group reform56
Innate features and their modification59
The shape of muscles on the body62
Learn to observe - the rudiments of comparison63
From which direction are you looking?75
Train your observations!77
Don’t compare apples with pears81
Type, breed characteristic and overall impression85
Types in other animal species88
Proportioning of the types88
Information by measuring99
Get proper structural pictures100
Pure types: gallop type104
Humerus in gallop109
The trot step of gallop type110
Compilation of gallop type breeds112
Gallop type is a fast predator113
Step length of gallop type114
Pure types: trot type115
Trot movement of trot structured dogs from above126
Compilation of trot type breeds129
Different modes of trot130
Strength type136
Risk factors in strength type139
Primary and secondary features of the types141
Compilation of strength type breeds143
Comparison of the types146
Reach of forelegs in different types146
Reach of trot in different types148
Cross section of limbs in different types150
Rib cages from the front in different types151
In between the types152
Changes in types over the time154
Development of breeds and breeding selections158
Selections in breeding modify structure162
Classification of your dog’s breed to a main type or a mid-type166
Clear mid-types using circle models170
“Not-so-clear” mid-types using circle models171
“Mid-mid-types” between the three types173
Dog or bitch? Sexual dimorphism174
Sex chromosomes175
Structural balance: health and disorder182
Balance of different types182
Balance of step lengths183
Back is the indicator of balance187
Compatible parts?192
Crookedness means unbalance193
Learn to observe the backbone of your own dog in trot194
Draw the backbone!196
Healthy structure203
Variation of features in population206
Healthy structure: bones and joints208
Why joints should be in straight line?214
Healthy structure: front angulations and wrists215
The order of resilience during impact216
Shock absorbers217
Take-off energy from hindquarters218
Shock absorber kit221
Shock absorbing in jumps223
Take-off power in jumps224
Healthy structure: rear angulations226
General considerations about healthy structure227
Health considerations and body proportions228
Size produces power235
Size and type235
Instructions for measuring the height at the withers242
Height measurement at the withers246
Measuring the body length249
The location of the tip of the sternum250
Proportions: shorter than height263
Proportions: longer than height264
Proportions: compilation268
Different proportions of Pyrenean Sheepdog269
Answers for the exercises281