Dog Physiology and dog sports

A recording of the Webinar with Carmen Heritier, March 15th., 2022

A recording of the Webinar with Carmen Heritier, March 15th. 2022 .


"Functional anatomy" sounds very dry and rather daunting at first. But what lies behind it is enormously important for dog owners, trainers and physiotherapists alike.

This webinar deals with the dog's body structure and the associated structural strengths and weaknesses. Knowing these is immensely important for any activity with a dog, because this explains, for example, the supposed stubbornness in trick training, the pole throwing in agility or the reluctance to retrieve balls on the walk. What's more: if you know about your dog's physical weaknesses, you can specifically prevent signs of wear and tear such as arthrosis. With the help of many photos and videos, a wide variety of dogs are examined from front to back, bringing a lot of colour into this rather theoretical topic. Ideal for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the physique of dogs.

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- Introduction

- Preliminary considerations

- Breed standards & modern tasks

- Forebody

- Head

- Neck

- Forehand angulation

- Shoulder height

- Upper arm length

- Elbow

- Pasterns/fore pasterns/metacarpus

- Plumb line through forequarters

- Torso

- Back length

- Backline

- Hindquarters

- Angulation of hindquarters

- Stifle

- Hock joint

- And now?

- Sources


Carmen Heritier (née Mayer),

- Clicker Trainer Training CAP 3 with Kay Laurence, England

- Canine Anatomy and Health Course Uni Warwickshire

- Animal Behaviour Course Uni Durham

- Canine Fitness Trainer Training with Debbie Gross, USA (distance learning)

- Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, certificate course at the University of Tennessee

- International dog dance judge (VDH, FCI)

- active dogdance competitor with her beagles (e.g. European Championships and World Championships)

- mantrailing trainer

- Cooperation in various dog schools in Germany and England

- Courses, workshops and seminars at home and abroad

- Studies of English, German and Psychology, 1st + 2nd state examination, teacher at a social science grammar school

- Since 2021: Doctorate on the subject of veterinary anxiety in dogs at the FernUni Hagen in cooperation with the HundeUni Bern Vetsuisse Faculty.

All webinars are free for members. If you want to know more about our membership you can choose between English and Scandinavian memberships.

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