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Dog in Action: A Study of Anatomy and Locomotion As Applying to All Breeds (Dogwise Classics) Paperback – September 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Direct Book Service (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929242069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929242061
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Dog in Action is the finest technical book on dog movement ever written! With each reading you learn something new and profound. The more dog-knowledge you have, the more you will glean from the material. --George G. Alston, author of The Winning Edge

The wondrous thing about McDowell Lyon's book is that although the subject is technical, it reads like a well-written mystery novel. (It) has something to say to each successive generation of dog fanciers and will forever remain the traditional introduction to the study of the moving dog. --Robert W. Cole, author of An Eye for a Dog and illustrator of Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis

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The Dog In Action is part of the Dogwise Classic series. Titles selected for this series are works that are the foundation of our current knowledge of dogs but have been long out-of-print. The modern dog fancier now can own a Classic in Dog Literature!

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Tonya L. Haughwout on April 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I first saw this book when my friend brought over a library copy. I didn't have time to read it, but I read the chapter on single tracking.
Let me explain. I'm an engineer. And conformation vs. performance as always been a hobby of mine. Mostly for horses. I always wondered why horses single track. Now I know. Based on that chapter I scoured the used book market until I found my own copy. I found this book to be thought provoking and credible. I bought a copy for a friend of mine who is a professor at one of our state universities and who heads up the collage's judging team (horses again).
I found that by studying dogs, whose conformation could be much more diverse than horses, I could better understand how more subtle conformation differences affect the horse. I will never give up my copy. They will have to pry it from my cold dead fingers.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Garrettt on August 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is like a bible for those that study the mechanics of animals as they move, especially dogs. It details the coordination of every bone with the corresponding limb as the dog moves and then ties it all together with images of how the whole dog should move as a unit. It justifies every aspect, supporting the information with examples of the survivors in nature. For anyone aspiring to judge dogs or already judging or breeding it is a must. Although written over fifty years ago, the information is still relevent and stands up to recent high tech studies done with slow motion and stop action cameras. The book is presented in a way that makes it easy to understand the mechanics of the dog as it moves, the importance of efficiency, which is such an important part of assessing the value of one dog as compared to another. After reading this book, watching dog shows will become more meaningful, whether one has been breeding and judging for years or is just getting started. Years ago I lent out my copy and never got it back so will order a copy in paperback.
Gordon Garrett
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lit. luvr on July 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been in dogs for over 40 years. "The Dog In Action" by McDowell Lyon, along with "Canine Terminology" by Harold Spira did more to give me an understanding of the entire dog and how it moves than any others in my large reference library. Yes the language is dated but still exceedingly relevant. After reading this, I understood! It educated my evaluation of a good dog and my breeding program.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda on November 18, 2008
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The fact that this book was first published in 1950 made me wonder if it would answer the questions I had about dog anatomy and foot structure. I'm beginning a domestic dog tracking project, and needed info on how canine structure affects movement and gaits. I'm pleased with my purchase. Although it's written in a somewhat annoying 1950's style, the info seems to be correct, and makes canine locomotion a bit easier to understand.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MoonFire75 on October 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
I couldn't finish it...it wasn't that is wasn't good! I think there is a lot of great information in there somewhere! It was difficult to read! I am a reader! I read a lot! it was the terminology, I think it was written a long time ago, and it read that way, and he used lots of show terms, old ones...I am not a show dog person, just a vet tech, massage therapist and a Reiki practitioner...so there it is...NOT a quick easy read. :) thanks~
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. J. Grice on November 17, 2009
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This book is an excellent read accompanied by Dogsteps (RP Elliot) They are both helping me through a section of the Certificate in Canine Breeding. Well worth the read.
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