The effect of a traditional and a stick gang-line on the body position of working sled dogs

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Pittet , F , McGowan , C M & Hyytiainen , H K 2021 , ' The effect of a traditional and a stick gang-line on the body position of working sled dogs ' , Comparative Exercise Physiology , vol. 17 , no. 3 , pp. 285-294 . https://doi.org/10.3920/CEP200049

Title: The effect of a traditional and a stick gang-line on the body position of working sled dogs
Author: Pittet, F.; McGowan, C. M.; Hyytiainen, H. K.
Contributor organization: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Petbone – ortopedia, fysioterapia, kivunlievitys
Small Animal Hospital
FaunaFysio
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Comparative Exercise Physiology
ISSN: 1755-2540
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3920/CEP200049
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333124
Abstract: This study aimed to investigate the effect of two different gang-lines on the pulling angle of sled dogs. It was hypothesised that dogs would run with a straighter angle of pull (in relation to the main-line) in stick gang-lines (STICK) than they would do in traditional gang-lines (TRAD). Eight sled dogs, divided into two teams, ran a 3.1 km trail twice in both types of gang-lines, pulling a quadbike on dry ground. Each dog remained in its team in the same position (side of gang line, and forward or back in the line) for both runs, using both types of lines in randomised order between the runs. Markers were placed on the dogs and on the main lines, and the runs were recorded by a video camera. The dogs' angle of pull measured from the video recordings was compared between the two conditions. Thirteen positional measurements for each dog during each run were taken. The dogs were used to running in TRAD and were not acclimatised to STICK. Data was analysed using Wilcoxon and Spearmans rho tests. Data regarding individual dogs (n=13), teams (n=52), dogs' placements in teams (n=4), and gang-line related pulling angles (n=104) was analysed. Overall, the position of the dogs was straighter when pulling in STICK, than when pulling in TRAD, with a median of 19 degrees (inter quartile range (IQR) 24.75 degrees) and 32 degrees (IQR 25.75 degrees), respectively (P
Subject: pulling position
kinematic
dog welfare
KINEMATIC GAIT ANALYSIS
413 Veterinary science
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_sa
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