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Dogs in motion!

Updated on October 31, 2013

Learn how dogs move!

I love to run. Just give me some wide open spaces and I'm off!

Dogs in motion is a beautiful sight. We may be big dogs or small, have short legs or long, but one thing is certain...we love to move.

For years, how we move has long been a fascination of zoologists, physics experts, and dog and animal lovers worldwide.

And we've been studied thanks to a wide variety of enthusiasts. Read on to learn more!

Eadweard Muybridge's study in animal locomotion!

In the 1870's, Eadweard Muybridge, a landscape photographer, became internationally known after Leland Stanford, head of the Union Pacific Railroad and one-time Governor of California hired him to photograph galloping horses with the intention of proving at one point during a horse's gait that all four of their feet were off the ground.

In the 1877, after the improvement of camera shutter technology, Muybridge was able to prove Stanford's speculation and showcased through photographs that a horse did lift all four feet off the ground at some point while running.

His discovery and reveal led to a commission by the University of Pennsylvania to study all animal locomotion, from horses to dogs, to humans and apes. The result is his book, Animal locomotion : An electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of animal movements, 1872-1885 which was published by the University of Pennsylvania in 1887.

It's a fascinating study in the movement of all mammals. You can view all the plates of Muybridge's study in Animal Locomotion on the University of Pennsylvania website.

Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library on Flickr.com. View all the full library of photos courtesy of Boston Public Library's Flickr set.

A compilation of Eadweard Muybridge's photos of a dog running!

Horses and Other Animals in Motion: 45 Classic Photographic Sequences - by Eadweard Muybridge

The best, most representative sequences of Eadweard Muybridge's work have been specially selected from the monumental originals and are presented here in crisp, double-page plates printed on high-quality stock. The compilation includes horses hauling, walking, and trotting, as well as sequences of donkeys, an ox, pig, dog, cat, deer and other animals; all capturing the details of anatomy and movement with astonishing clarity.

Fun, fast moving facts!

The fastest dog is the Greyhound who can reach speeds from 40-45 mph.

The fastest land animal is the Cheetah with speeds up to 75 mph.

The current fastest human is Usain Bolt from Jamaica who was clocked at 27.79 mph during his 100m world record run in 2009.

A study in dog locomotion!

Just last year zoologists at Jena University in Germany conducted a very interesting study offering insights into a dog's movement to pinpoint the exact motion sequence or locamotion.

Prof. Dr. Martin S. Fischer of the Institute of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology with Phyletic Museum, along with other zoologists from Jena University, conducted an extensive study of the movement of dogs. By measuring, documenting and comparing the motion sequences of 327 dogs from 32 different breeds within their study they found three very specific things:

1. For years "it was believed that a dog's hip and shoulder joint were correlated with each other," and accordingly was the center of rotation. But their recent study and findings found that "a dog's center of rotation in the front legs is actually the shoulder blade."

2. In addition, the study indicated that "the proportions of a dog's front legs are nearly identical in all dog breeds, even though the upper arm (or foreleg) may be shorter in shorter dogs and longer in taller dogs, the total length is always 27 percent. However the length of the shoulder blade varies with breeds between 24 and 34 percent in proportion."

3. Researchers also found that "a dog's shoulder blade and forearm, and the thigh and the middle foot are moving in matched motion, meaning that if the forearm is in a vertical position, then the shoulder blade will be in the same position. This principle of a 'pantograph leg' is highly dependent on the length of the segment in between - the upper arm that is exactly the same length proportionally in every dog." Consequently, their study concluded that "all dogs run very similarly, no matter what the size or breed."

You can read more about the study through the press release provided by Jena University and Dr. Martin S. Fischer, or by purchasing his book (below)..

Photos and source information provided by Prof. Dr. Martin S. Fischer, Institute of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology with Phyletic Museum, Friedrich Schiller University Jena through public press related materials.

Dogs in Motion study!

Get the book - Dogs in Motion!

Dogs in Motion (Hunde in Bewegung) explores the locomotion of dogs in a highly scientific yet easily accessible manner.

An innovative illustrative style brings the dog anatomy to life and makes clear the way in which the skeleton, the muscles and locomotion fit together. Based on the results of the largest-scale study on the subject ever carried out, an experiment which involved over 300 dogs and 32 different breeds, the book delivers completely new insights into the motion sequences performed by dogs.

The accompanying DVD (without sound-files) features over 400 movies, X-Ray movies and 3D animations and demonstrates both the variety and uniformity of dog locomotion with unparalleled precision and clarity.

When my sis Gracie jumps for water it's like a ballet!

Find more books about dog motion!

Dog Locomotion and Gait  Analysis
Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis

A classic on the subject of canine locomotion! Contents: Basics of locomotion at dog shows, desirable structures for locomotion, gaits of dogs, source of power for locomotion, locomotion and its dynamics, sustained trotting style, trotting style of breeds designed for galloping, trot of special purpose breeds. Well illustrated with line drawings and black & white photos. Should be in every serious dog persons' library!

 
Dog in Action: A Study of Anatomy and Locomotion As Applying to All Breeds (Dogwise Classics)
Dog in Action: A Study of Anatomy and Locomotion As Applying to All Breeds (Dogwise Classics)

Study the dog from the inside-out. Written in 1950, The Dog In Action was the first book to thoroughly analyze, illustrate and explain the under-the-skin workings of the dog. Whether looking a Pom or Pointer, McDowell Lyon showed the dog breeder, fancier and judge that the principles of movement applied to all.

 
K-9 Structure & Terminology
K-9 Structure & Terminology

This step-by-step guide evaluates all phases of dog structure, written for the lay person combines the art and science of dog anatomy thus providing an understanding of how a dog's body works.

 
Principles of Animal Locomotion
Principles of Animal Locomotion

This text provides an up-to-date overview of how animals run, walk, jump, crawl, swim, soar, hover, and fly. Excluding only the tiny creatures that use cilia, it covers all animals that power their movements with muscle--from roundworms to whales, clams to elephants, and gnats to albatrosses.

 

Watch my sis, Gracie, jump for water! - She can move!

Cool stuff for cool dogs!

Be sure and visit my website - JohannTheDog.com - where you can shop for cool stuff for cool dogs!

We've put together, in one place, all the cool stuff you need for your dog! You can find dog beds, all natural foods and treats, collars, leashes, charms, training and agility gear, vitamins and supplements, books, clothing, toys and more!

And the best part is we donate 10% of our profits to dog rescues and shelters!

Watch dogs in motion from the inside!

I love to run!

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Dogs get moving... - ...in slow motion!

A lot of my buds participate in a wide variety of dog sports. Take a look at this amazing video showing just how much we move when we compete!

Bark at me!

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 

      6 years ago

      Wow, loved your lens.

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      SteveKaye 

      6 years ago

      Arf, Arf, Arf. Woof. Arf Arf. Woof Woof. Arf. Having barked that, my cat wants to add a Meow. -- Great lens.

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      crbphotography 

      6 years ago

      There is so much joy shown on my dog's face when she races around me.

      Great lens.

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      treehousebrando1 

      6 years ago

      I love dogs! I have a yellow lab.

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      TL Stahling 

      6 years ago from US

      I love watching my two dogs run and play with each other.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I love watching my dog right for me when he's clear across the otherside of our yard. He's a white german shepherd and his ears go back, and he runs full speed ahead!

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      gatornic15 

      6 years ago

      I love watching my dogs run. Great lens.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Barking straight back at you loads of information all in one place.

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      randomthings lm 

      6 years ago

      I LOVE Johan the dog! Great article.

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      Ruthi 

      6 years ago

      I agree, dogs in motion are a wonderful sight to see! I love seeing my girl Tidbit run. She is getting older and wiser, so she conserves her running energy for things she deems important, like chasing prowlers off the property - animal and the human kind!

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      Success_At_School 

      6 years ago

      Dogs in motion = poetry.

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      youngKwon 

      6 years ago

      greyhound! looks so strong and fast !

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