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Title: Ground force kinetic adaptations associated with canine boots
Contributor(s): Shorter, Kathleen  (author)orcid ; Brown, Wendy  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-06
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1556/019.70.2019.16Open Access Link
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Abstract: Introduction: Dog boots are being utilized to improve performance and welfare of dogs exposed to a range of adverse conditions; however, there is a lack of empirical evidence establishing the impact of these on gait characteristics. The aim of this research was to quantify alterations to ground force kinetics associated with the introduction of canine boots. Methods: Six clinically sound beagles were analyzed on two separate occasions using a cross-over study design to enable randomization between barefoot and shod conditions. During each session, dogs were trotted by an experienced handler over an AMTI force plate sampling at 1,000 Hz to quantify stance time, peak vertical force, peak vertical instantaneous loading rate, and vertical impulse. Results: Although there was no significant difference found between footwear conditions for stance time, peak vertical force, and vertical impulse, peak vertical instantaneous loading rate was significantly greater in shod when compared to barefoot. Discussion: Findings suggest that while canine boots may provide environmental protection, increases in loading rate are indicative of alterations in foot strike that may result in overloading of musculoskeletal structures. Therefore, caution must be taken when introducing footwear to ensure an adequate adjustment period.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Biologia Futura, 70(2), p. 128-133
Publisher: Akademiai Kiado Rt
Place of Publication: Hungary
ISSN: 2676-8615
Field of Research (FOR): 070203 Animal Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 839901 Animal Welfare
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Description: This journal was previously known as Acta Biologica Hungarica, with the ISSNs listed below: Print ISSN: 0236-5383 Online ISSN: 1588-256X
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