From Tongue To Tail - The Integrated Movement Of The Dog - Streaming Video on Demand

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Julia Robertson & Liz Pope
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Never look at dogs in the same way again!
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.

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.

You will learn:
How your dog moves
Where the stresses could occur
Activities that could be adversely affecting your dog

What professionals are saying about From Tongue to Tail:
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 documentary is written and produced by Elisabeth Pope (Lead Practitioner Galen Natural Progression Canine Exercise Physiologist ) and Julia Robertson (Lead Practitioner Galen Myotherapist and Galen Natural Progression Consultant Canine Exercise Physiologist ) and presented by Andy Mead (BVet Med MRCVS).

What reviewers are saying...

From Tongue to Tail is the behavior nerd's guide to the anatomy and movement of the dog. It expertly uses slow motion video to highlight the intricate movements of dogs performing a range of behaviors including sitting, walking, running, jumping, and navigating obstacles such as an A-frame. The camera work is outstanding, and the footage is beautiful both in real time and slow motion.
There was much to enjoy about the DVD. Even as someone who considers herself a keen observer of canine movement, seeing the dogs in slow motion was truly eye-opening. The creators do in fact explore each body area in turn, allowing the viewer to focus on minute details from tongue to tail. I enjoyed seeing each movement multiple times, and the clear narration was vital to my understanding of what was being explored. The lessons on anatomy were partially a review for me, a former veterinary technician, but were informative and useful to the discussions that ensued. I particularly enjoyed the artist's rendering of the skeleton overlaid on the dogs in motion, so that I could visualize what the bones were doing while actually watching a dog move.
I particularly liked that the DVD included two canine cast members with body issues : one was a dog with a known (and fairly obvious) hind-end injury, and the other was a dog with a much more subtle neck problem. Seeing how these dogs' movements differed from the sound dogs who were featured was fascinating. Perhaps predictably, it made me wish there were even more dogs with injuries featured, but it's understandable that looking at a wide variety of canine musculoskeletal maladies was outside the scope of this short DVD.
There were multiple breeds and sizes of dogs represented, but Golden Retrievers were featured prominently. If it had been possibly, I would have liked to see fewer of them (although they were lovely to watch) and even more diversity of body types.
When I realized the narrator was British, I was momentarily concerned that I would have to work hard to understand him I am notoriously terrible at comprehending British English. However, his narration was clear, easy to follow, and engaging. There were one or two times during the video that I felt the creators lingered a little too long on a particular movement, showing it one or two more times than necessary. However, I understand the reasoning behind repeated viewing of a small movement. There really is a lot to see. I am glad that they erred on the side of too many repetitions, rather than too few.
All in all, this is a very enjoyable DVD. It is probably not for the dog owner with no interest in the mechanics of how dogs move. It will be of particular interest to those who participate in high-velocity dog sports such as agility, disc, and flyball, or anyone who is particularly fascinated by the mechanics of dogs' bodies. If you have the time, definitely watch the outtake reel. It will make with a less-than-perfectly-behaved dog smile to see that even professional canine actors sometimes mess up. Adrienne Hovey, editor of The APDT Chronicle of the Dog.

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