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Canine Performance

Unit(s) of assessment: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

School: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences


Work to date has examined aspects of locomotory and jumping kinematics in agility dogs and has extended to static, conformational analysis of elite and non-elite dogs. This work is conducted with the assistance of external collaborators and specialised equipment available at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), notably Tekscan and Dartfish analysis software. Canix has developed as a competitive sport and a means of exercising both runner and dog over relatively short distances of approximately 5 km (although longer competitive distances are run).

Current work at NTU aims to investigate gait changes and biomechanics of elite and non-elite canine athletes, building upon the current and ongoing research being undertaken at NTU on agility dogs performance.