Small and medium agility dogs alter their kinematics when the distance between hurdles differs

Birch, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-8515-5006, Boyd, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-0677-1450, Doyle, G. and Pullen, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-6216-2377, 2015. Small and medium agility dogs alter their kinematics when the distance between hurdles differs. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 11 (2), pp. 75-78. ISSN 1755-2540

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There is currently a lack of research examining the health and welfare implications for competitive agility dogs. The aim of this study was to examine if jump kinematics and apparent joint angles in medium (351 mm - 430 mm to the withers) and small (< 350 mm to the withers) agility dogs altered when distances between consecutive upright hurdles differ. Dogs ran a course of nine hurdles; three set at 3.6 m apart; three at 4 m apart and three at 5 m apart. Both medium (P=0.044) and small (P=0.006) dogs landed closer to the hurdle when consecutive hurdles were set at 3.6 m apart, with small dogs jumping slower at this distance (P=0.006). Results indicate that jump kinematics, but not apparent joint angles, alter when the spacing between hurdles differs. These findings may have implications for the health and welfare of agility dogs and should be used to inform future changes to rules and regulations.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Comparative Exercise Physiology
Creators: Birch, E., Boyd, J., Doyle, G. and Pullen, A.
Publisher: Wageningen Academic
Place of Publication: Wageningen, Netherlands
Date: 2015
Volume: 11
Number: 2
ISSN: 1755-2540
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:40
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2022 09:24

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