Muscular and Skeletal Structure of the Dog

One of the coolest things I ever did was take a class about movement and structure from Quentin LaHam, a well respected and long time dog judge.  While not everyone will agree with his philosophy, I learned a lot. One of the highlights of the seminar was that I got to bring Star.  He asked us to take the dogs around the ring one at a time and then would critique their movement.  He had some of the students in tears.  When it was our turn, I awaited my fate when he said sarcastically that he'd never seen a Malamute that could move well.  I knew we were toast!  I took Star around...and he said go faster...then faster ...then faster.  I could barely breathe.  Finally he let us stop. I asked why did he do that?  He said because a good moving dog will move well at any speed....and Star did.  Lesson over.  She was the only dog he didn't rip apart.  I was amazed but learned an important lesson that day.  A dog can't move well if it doesn't have good structure, and you'll never understand good structure until you understand good movement. 

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Malamute structure of the dog

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Internal organs of the dog.

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Muscular structure of the dog.