Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Influence of velocity on Weimaraner trotting mechanics
by Carlisle, Leif, M.S., Mississippi State University, 2016, 70; 10141702
Abstract (Summary)

While Weimaraner size may assist in the performing of tasks of a sporting dog, it also makes the breed more susceptible to hip dysplasia. However, this breed has a lower rate of dysplasia. This may be due to selected gait velocity and mechanics specific to the breed, but gait analysis of Weimaraners is lacking. Study objectives were to define normal trotting mechanics and to determine the influence of velocity on gait. Dogs were trotted at a slow and fast trot and at both velocities. The trot had a diagonal footfall sequence with a 2-beat rhythm alternating between diagonal bipedal support and suspension. Velocity increase was achieved with significant increases in stride length and head, withers, fore, and hind paw displacements (P < 0.05). Range of motion of the elbow and hip significantly increased with increasing velocity (P < 0.05). These parameters will assist in gait evaluation and detection of lameness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nicodemus, Molly C.
Commitee: Linford, Robert L., Memili, Erdogan
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Agriculture and Life Sciences
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Animal sciences, Physiology
Keywords: Dogs, Kinematics, Trot, Velocity, Weimaraner
Publication Number: 10141702
ISBN: 978-1-339-97061-5
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