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The Dog in Action


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What’s it about?

Written in 1950, this was the first book to thoroughly analyze, illustrate and explain the under-the-skin workings of the dog. It shows the breeder, fancier, and judge that the principles of movement apply to all breeds and dispells myths and misunderstandings of the mechanics of movement. While some of the theories have since been disproved, the book deserves to be in the serious dog person’s library because it is the foundation for all gait and locomotion books which have been written since.

About the Author

McDowell had an artist’s eye and an engineer’s mind. Growing up around horses and hunting and working dogs developed his skill to evaluate movement and structure. Lyon had a colourful life ranging from WWI fighter pilot to writer for the Hearst Newspapers covering the Mexican Revolution to dog editor for Outdoor Life Magazine.

When was it published? Originally published in 1950, reprinted in 2002

Who published it? Dogwise Publishing

Illustrations- Black and white drawings


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