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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480139394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480139398
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Helen Grinnell King was being led around on a horse long before she could walk. Dogs and horses have been a major part of her entire life. Helen grew up on a horse, riding every day after school and spending nearly every Saturday fox hunting and Sundays competing at hunter/jumper shows around New England. In 1966, Helen spent the summer in Ireland at a school for equestrian studies. While there, she learned the importance of structure and how it relates to performance. She attended many horse shows in Ireland as well as sales and fairs and this exposure to hundreds of performance animals helped develop her eye for what it takes for an animal to excel in performance. She also rode some open jumpers while there and that taught her that structure is crucial not only to winning but to safety and soundness as well. In the 1970s, Helen raised and showed harlequin Great Danes and Basset Hounds as well a few other breeds. She owned and/or bred many AKC champions including the breed winner at a Great Dane Club of America National specialty as well as multiple Group and all breed Best in Show winning Basset Hounds. One of her Basset Hound bitches produced 8 AKC breed champions and was awarded the Register of Merit title from the BHCA as a top producer of champions. Helen also bred one of the first dual champion Basset Hounds (field and breed champion) and to this day there are very few dual champions in the breed. As an award winning sculptor, Helen has studied structure in depth to enhance her understanding of conformation and how it relates to movement. She and her husband, Mel, bred successful race and performance horses for many years. One of the Connemara stallions Helen bred and owned was immortalized as a limited edition Breyer model. “Rocky” was well known for his many championships in hand and over fences. Helen has been an Inspector for the American Connemara Pony Society for many years as well as a Connemara judge and seminar presenter. Helen’s lifelong passion has been the study of structure and how it relates to performance. She has observed thousands of dogs in agility to compare conformation and performance. Helen & Mel's dogs include: ADCH MACH 7 Josephine MFX, SACH, CD, RN, HIT, VCX, CGC MACH Isabella RN, O-EJC, EAC, OGC, NTC, AAD, JM, HIT, VCX, CGC PDCH MACH 6 MeMe RN, MXG2, MJB3, PTM, HIT, VCX, CGC MACH 2 Charisse Poodle NF, RN, HIT, VCX, CGC Crush (BC) MXS, MJB, MXF, MFB, T2B, TM, HIT, CGC UPGRAYEDD AXJ, HIT Barque OAJ, HIT

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Gallup on February 25, 2013
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I absolutely loved this book. It makes the structure-performance relationship so clear. I also bought one for a anatomy challenged friend. I no longer have to explain what withers & croup are and why it matters whether they are high, low, level, sloped, etc. We had fun taking pictures of our dogs and analyzing them together, though since they are practically twin sisters there was very little difference in structure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Finster on July 8, 2014
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I suggest Helen find a good book designer next time she takes to publishing. She must have tackled this project on her own. The text is trimmed on the outside edges of the interior pages. The book is so unprofessional in its presentation of information that it causes me to question the information itself. From flipping through it and reading a few passages, it doesn’t contain anything I do not already know having studied structure and gait in performance dogs (field trial pointers and setters) for many years. I ordered this book along with “Dogs in Motion” by Martin S. Fischer and Karin E. Lilje. What a contrast. I have already packaged this book to be returned to Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elissa M G. on November 15, 2013
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Great book to learn and understand dog angles. At first I didn't understand why that mattered but now that I'm getting into conformation with my dogs and want to start wroking them its VERY important. And this book is perfect and easy to understand!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Golden Owner on June 17, 2013
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This is a great book if you have a working dog and you would like to learn more about structure. Easy to understand with great illustrations. Be sure to check out her other book too, Picking Your Performance Puppy. The focus is primarily on agility dogs, but people who do other performance venues like obedience and field would benefit as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Collins on May 10, 2013
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Helen's books ought to be mandatory reading for anyone looking to acquire a puppy or dog for competition or anyone wanting to know about potential structural issues as they do dog sports with their dog. Very easy read and good diagrams. Loved it!
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Very poor printing, I don't expect to so quality on a booklet even for $5. The book is easy to understand, though I miss more information regarding different breeds. For example; the different retrievers and gun dogs are supposed to have different reach of neck and different shoulder angulation due to different retrieving capabilities; some shall pick up the bird horizontally, some vertically , and it is of outmost important to know the difference and not at least the importance of this.

Recommend the book to people who wants to know the basics, but for breeders, judges (both eksterior and field-trail) I recommend "Dogs in motion" by Fischer and Lilje.
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A capable editor would possibly have greatly improved this book but then it would have been reduced to a pamplet after deletion of self serving anecdotes demonstrating the author's superior knowledge at the expense of others, digressions, and poorly chosen photographs. To illustrate dogs with undesireable traits, is it really necessary to repeatedly identify them as "show type"? In a photo of a dog with a short pelvis or croup does it matter whether the dog is show or performance or just a companion when illustrating the point?
Whether or not the author's dogs which have ewe necks or slipped hocks show no degradation in performance, those are not desirable traits.
There are many far better choices on this subject, to name a few: "Dogsteps" by Rachel Page Elliott (who the author cites as her mentor, in which case go to the source), "Structure in Action" by Pat Hastings (excellent), "The Agility Advantage" by Christine Zink, "Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis" by Curtis Brown, and probably many others. Not recommended. I will not even pass this along to someone else. However accomplished the author is in her field, the value of her experience is not well conveyed in this self indulgent little book.
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