Movement (single tracking)

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Movement (single tracking)

Post by Sylvaen » Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:16 pm

We had a discussion at the last Euro Tamaskan meeting in 2011 about wolf movement / single tracking, which is also a feature shared by many arctic breeds and Tamaskan Dogs. Basically, when the dog is moving, the footprint of the back paw will perfectly fit into the footprint of the front paw (leaving only a single track of footprints) - it is a lupine gait that saves energy and allows the dog to travel great distances without getting tired.
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At the time, I pointed out that German Shepherds also show this trait when trotting - here is a photo that illustrates the movement comparison between Lara (female German Shepherd) and Vega (female Tamaskan Dog) - in essence, it is identical.
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Post by Katlin » Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:22 pm

That's interesting! Snoopy does that when he's stalking a bird or something :roll:

I'm not sure if I see the difference between Vega and Lara in that picture except that they are in different stages of the trot.
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Post by Booma » Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:35 pm

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Post by JulieSmith » Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:32 pm

Katlin wrote:That's interesting! Snoopy does that when he's stalking a bird or something :roll:

I'm not sure if I see the difference between Vega and Lara in that picture except that they are in different stages of the trot.
I read it that there isn't a difference :)

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Post by AZDehlin » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:29 pm

Zephyr single tracks when he is out on walks or just sniffing around the yard... He is a bit of a spaz if there is anything exciting going on though and looks more like a Mexican jumping bean.

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Post by Katlin » Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:46 am

JulieSmith wrote:
Katlin wrote:That's interesting! Snoopy does that when he's stalking a bird or something :roll:

I'm not sure if I see the difference between Vega and Lara in that picture except that they are in different stages of the trot.
I read it that there isn't a difference :)
Duhhh! I'm an idiot haha. Thanks
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Post by Hawthorne » Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:52 pm

Coyotes do this too. That's how you can usually ID their tracks in the snow / sand due to the straight line of tracks.

It's an anatomy thing...the narrow chest allows this :D
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Post by jraloff » Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:42 am

Zoe (Hawthorne Blacktail Plateau) age 5 mos - does single track at times. I've also noticed that she sometimes "paces" (using equine vernacular) - fore and hind foot on same side move forward together instead of on a diagonal in a trot. It doesn't seem like she does it often but I wondered if this was a gait often seen in Tams?

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Post by blufawn » Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:53 pm

We call it pacing too.
Its common in arctic breeds and is most often seen in working sled dogs as they use this gait to conserve energy.
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Post by Blustag » Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:10 pm

A dog that 'paces' in the show ring would be penalised. You have to watch for that and bring them out of it into a trot.

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Post by arianwenarie » Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:14 pm

Blustag wrote:A dog that 'paces' in the show ring would be penalised. You have to watch for that and bring them out of it into a trot.
Why's that? I mean, if it's a natural gait, then it'll be difficult to change it, right? lol.

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Post by Blustag » Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:30 pm

No its not difficult to change it. Much like a horse when jumping in competition. One has to change the pace as you approach
a jump... Flying change its called. We do the same with the dogs IF they are pacing when we are running them around the ring.
The judge wants to see them at a 'trot' when they are judging. When pacing the body 'rolls' from one side to the other which is
why they use this pace to conserve energy.

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Post by TerriHolt » Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:52 pm

That's why i won't watch dog or horse shows... At crufts, they are supposed to show the best dogs and compete to become "best of breed" but how do you find best of breed if you change all the natural traits of your breed? From fur down to movement because then it's not natural to the breed but human taught. To find best of breed, you should have to enhance the natural side of your animal, not try to change it. Just sayin...
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Post by blufawn » Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:05 pm

Not all breeds are guilty of this, but most are I agree.
Luckily the kennel club are now introducing a fit for purpose scheme and I think slowly it is helping. This year some best of breed winners were not allowed to compete in the big ring after a vet judged them to be too unhealthy. Hopefully this sort of attitude by dog shows will encourage breeders to breed better dogs, after all it isn't the shows fault, its the breeders and the judges for placing those dogs.

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Post by Tiantai » Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:00 am

Getting a bit off topic but yes I strongly believe that the show competitions and the judges did indirectly screw up some breeds, especially with that extremely long hair pekingese dog with breathing problems and it unfortunately caused many reactions from owners and breeders of that breed. But I believe they are slowly trying to reduce these problems in the future.

As for the single track, I really like it! I wonder though if the Lapland huskies played a role in adding this energy-conserving movement pattern into the breed. A nice trot in the park i'd like to see with my future dogs ;)
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Post by blufawn » Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:05 am

I don't think you can blame it on the Finnish huskies when English huskies and Malamutes and indeed most other breeds know how to do it too.
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Post by JulieSmith » Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:58 pm

blufawn wrote:We call it pacing too.
Its common in arctic breeds and is most often seen in working sled dogs as they use this gait to conserve energy.
I have noticed Saga trotting along like this quite often went out on walks.

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Post by Tiantai » Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:56 am

This is definitely a trait that we want to keep in the breed.
A dog that trots very fast means I need to run more to prepare for the future when my dogs and I marathon together in the park.
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Post by Hawthorne » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:00 pm

Just an interesting note: I was reading "Dog In Motion" again last night (a bugger to get through this book--interesting, but very dry!)

It says that turned out feet help a dog single track. And our breed standard calls for slightly turned out front feet. Neat.
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