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How do dogs move?

Updated on June 22, 2009

Dogs are very agile and graceful animals. The nimble and lithe movements of a dog being paraded in a show ring would never fail to draw out a lot of oohs and aahs from the spectators.

Different folks, different strokes…this is true with dogs as well. Dogs move in different ways. Different breeds would have their different signature movements. Some dogs would waggle when they walk, some would amble. Others would seem to be in such a hurry while another breed would seem to be always strolling in the park. A Greyhound would run at full speed while a Bulldog encumbered by a heavy body will have a slow gait. Terriers and Poodles always provide amusement by walking on their hind legs. Puppies have clumsy and uncoordinated movements thus they are always seen tumbling around. A white fur ball puppy can be mistaken as a rabbit as it is not uncommon for puppies to bunny hop.

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A dog would run, gallop, trot, sprint or aimlessly amble around. All dog breeds have different ways of moving but all dogs walk. Walking is a dog thing. A dog’s walk is termed as diagonal walk simply because diagonal legs are simultaneously moving in the same direction. Right foreleg and left hind leg will move at the same time going to the same direction. This will be followed by the simultaneous movement of the left foreleg and the right hind leg.  Diagonal walk is also the most common movement of four legged animals. When the dog lengthens its walk to cover more ground, the walking movement turns into a trot. The walk and the trot entail the same leg movements. The trot movement though would be faster. It is also possible for the dog to move the legs on one side of the body at the same time. This movement is called pacing. The left foreleg and the left hind led would move at the same time going to one direction. This will be followed by the right foreleg and hind leg.

A dog that is hunting and following a trail will walk slowly. The walk will turn into a run as the dog scents the quarry. The run will turn into a full gallop as soon as the dog sees the animal it is hunting. An enthusiastically running dog would slow down its movements as it approaches the master. Does this intelligent dog know that it would not do to topple down the master?

Dogs running in slow motion

dogs running in the Park

Dog running in slow motion


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