Effect of jumping style on the performance of large and medium elite agility dogs

Alcock, J, Birch, E ORCID: 0000-0002-8515-5006 and Boyd, J, 2015. Effect of jumping style on the performance of large and medium elite agility dogs. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 11 (3), pp. 145-150. ISSN 1755-2540

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Abstract

Dog agility is a rapidly progressing sport worldwide. Consequentially, research and methods to improve technique and performance are becoming highly sought after. Video data were collected of elite agility dogs during a training session, with downstream analysis examining differences in apparent topline angle and jumping speed of large and medium dogs as well as collie breeds and non-collie breeds. The study further examined any correlations between topline angle and jumping speed. Findings suggest that there is a difference between the jump kinematics of large and medium dogs (P=0.001) and between collie breeds and non-collie breeds (P<0.001) with collie breeds jumping faster than non-collie breeds (P=0.013). This information could be used to inform future training regimes and competitive strategies in a breed and size specific way, with the aim to improve long-term health and welfare of canine participants, whilst also ensuring that training and competitive expectations are within biological capabilities.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Comparative Exercise Physiology
Creators: Alcock, J., Birch, E. and Boyd, J.
Publisher: Wageningen Academic
Place of Publication: Wageningen, Netherlands
Date: 2015
Volume: 11
Number: 3
ISSN: 1755-2540
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.3920/CEP150017DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:58
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:46
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20966

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