From Tongue to Tail DVD


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What is it about?

By watching this totally unique DVD, with its slow motion and animation, you will be able to see how a dog moves during day to day activities and the stresses put upon their whole body, whether walking, trotting, running or jumping.This DVD will enable you to see, by use of ultra slow motion.

The DVD has been produced by Julia Robertson, with Liz Pope of Galen Natural Progression giving the DVD the narration explaining what is being seen on the screen. It is presented by Andy Mead BVet Med MRCVS. This DVD is divided into clear chapters highlighting the different areas of the dog i.e. head and neck, shoulders, back and pelvic region. It also has an anatomy chapter that captures the areas that have been discussed within the DVD concerning muscle involvement.

When was it released? 2012

Who released it? Dogwise Publishing

Running time- 48 minutes


This DVD is great fun as well as being a potent learning resource. The chapters are well defined and easily navigated and the narrative is pertinent and clear. It is a real asset to any dog lovers library.
Suzannah Stacey, BSc BVM&S MRCVS Cert Vet Acu (ABVA-2004)

Understanding your dog’s kinetic chain enables you to harness their ability more effectively at all levels of work and competition. This DVD is remarkable at how it illustrates the integration required for effortless movement and the co-ordination for everyday activities. Educate yourselves dog owners and be fascinated by their movement.
Diane Martin, Crufts Obedience Champion 2011 (dog trainer and hydro-therapist).

The DVD has been produced by Julia Robertson, with Liz Pope of Galen Natural Progression giving the DVD the narration explaining what is being seen on the screen. It is presented by Andy Mead BVet Med MRCVS.


~~Whether we compete our dogs or just have them as pets, we all share the same goal of wanting to keep them healthy, fit and injury free. Dogs are such active creatures and have an incredible range of body movements it is sometimes hard to know what to look for to ensure our dogs are moving and using their bodies in the correct manner.

In this new DVD, written and produced by Elizabeth Pope and Julia Robertson, from the noted Galen Therapy Centre, and presented by vet Andy Mead, we learn how the dog moves, where stresses could occur and which activities could have an adverse effect on your dog.

The brilliant ultra-slow motion clips highlight things that we are unable to see in real time, allowing us to gain new insights into how each part of the dog’s body works.

Mead explains that as a vet he sees a great number of mobility and movement issues in both competition and pet dogs. This DVD is aimed towards anyone that owns a dog. In it, Mead attempts to provide a greater understanding of how a dog uses its body when walking, running and jumping, helping us to understand movement patterns and areas of potential stress.

Mead begins by introducing the stars of this DVD, the dogs! There are 3 adult Golden Retrievers, one of these being in peak physical condition, 2 Border Collies, 1 of these suffering from weak hindquarters and the other an agility dog, as well as 2 terriers and 1 Golden Retriever puppy.

First we look at the skeleton and are shown a 3D image of a dog’s skeleton with all the bones clearly labelled.

Next we move on to the head and neck, starting with the tongue. Mead explains that the tongue is a muscle and is actually one of the most used muscles in the dog’s body. Mead discusses the tongue’s many uses and demonstrates how it can be used to help the dog balance, also explaining how it is held in position. Mead then looks at the neck ,explaining that this is something of a neurological maze which affect the dogs whole being. Therefore any pain in the neck will also be noticeable elsewhere. Mead gives us some advice on how to pick up on potential problems in our dogs, explaining that small dogs in particular are prone to neck problems as they often have to hold their head up high in an unnatural position. We are then shown a clip in both real time and in slow motion of two dogs jumping out of a car. One of these dogs is fit and healthy while the other suffers from a neck problem. Mead explains and points out the differences in the way these two dogs perform this everyday task.

Mead then studies the front legs and shoulders, explaining that these form one of the most used parts of the body yet are often over looked. He continues that they are key to stability, movement and balance. We are then shown the same clip of the dogs jumping out of the car, this time focusing on the front legs and shoulders. Mead shows us how the dog uses these muscles to absorb the impact of the landing. He then shows us how these same muscles cope with the impact of walking and running, looking at a variety of different dogs performing these acts in slow motion. Mead explains that all dogs adopt different running styles depending on their structure and ease of movement. We then look at some activities that put pressure on the front legs and shoulders, such as chasing a ball and jumping. By watching these movements slowed down, we are able to appreciate the full force of impact.  Mead also points out how dogs use their claws and dew claws in these exercises to aid stability.

We then move on to the back, which Mead describes as very important and extremely versatile. We are shown a clip of a dog jumping which demonstrates the strength and flexibility in the back, and Mead explains which muscle groups are responsible for this. We then examine the back in a variety of dogs walking and running, again looking at how the different muscle groups work together. Mead points out how the function of the back is compromised in the two dogs that have experienced problems. We are then shown two dogs going over an A- frame, one super fit Golden Retriever and a Collie that competes in agility.

By examining these clips in slow motion, we are shown how the Collie anticipates the stop at the end of the A- frame and momentarily loses co-ordination, highlighting a problem with the deep flexors and hip muscles.

The next area to be examined is the pelvis and hind leg. Mead explains that this is the area that the power comes from but only if the dog has good flexibility and support through its back. He also discusses the 3 major joints in the hindquarters. Again we look at a variety of dogs walking, running, sitting and standing, analysing the function of the hindquarters and how they work. Mead also shows us some clips of dogs partaking in competitive activities, pointing out how they use their pelvic region in weaves, heelwork, chasing a ball and jumping. He also comments on the role of the tail and how this is used to help the dog balance, counter balance and ease the stress of sudden stops.

Finally we are shown a clip of a dog racing a horse. Mead explains how the dog uses all of the above to its best advantage to be able to run faster and overtake the horse.

Put together by an experienced team of professionals and experts, this DVD offers clear and detailed explanations alongside superb footage to help us to learn and understand the integrated movement of our dogs.


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