The influence of fence height on joint angles of agility dogs

Kirsty Lesniak, Emily Birch

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Unlike equestrian sports, dog agility jump heights are predetermined by the dog’s body height. Consequently, in UK Kennel Club competitions dogs 430mm high jump 7% lower than their body height whereas dogs 431mm high jump 51% higher than their body height; no research has yet been undertaken on the resultant kinematics. Seven agility dogs of similar type and bodyweight to height ratio were recorded jumping fences 7% lower, and 51% higher than their body height. Joint angles, measured from anatomical markers using Dartfish, were analysed using Wilcoxon’s test. Significant extension at the base of the neck during approach and take-off (P<0.05), significant hock and sacroiliac extension at take-off (P<0.05) and greater scapulohumeral and elbow joint flexion during take-off and peak of bascule (P<0.05) were observed during the higher jump No significant differences were observed on landing or get-away. These findings relate to previous reports of injury sites in agility dogs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Equine and Canine Locomotion - Stömsholm, Sweden
Duration: 25 Jun 201228 Jun 2012


ConferenceInternational Conference on Equine and Canine Locomotion
Abbreviated titleICEL


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