Structure of the Dog
Structure of the Dog - Basic Course is a book for everyone interested in the structure and wellbeing of dogs. The book has 300 A4-sized pages. It includes 98 exercises and numerous illustrative photos and drawings, which guide you to understand the details of dog structure in a very practical way. You will not just passively read, you will actively learn - by seeing, doing, practicing, and realizing yourself. The ambitious aim of the book is to provide you with tools that will help you distinguish essential from nonessential, see all the details of the dog structure and understand the resulting whole. By reading the book and doing all the exercises, you will become an expert of dog structure and movement. You will understand the connection between structure and movement, you will be able to recognize the risk factors in the skeletal system and joints of a dog, you will distinguish normal from abnormal structure in different structural-functional breed types, and much more. The basis of the book is in natural sciences and ethics. The book encourages the reader to ethical dog ownership, breeding and dog sports. The main focus is on healthy structure, movement and overall wellbeing of the dog. Structure of the Dog - Basic Course is the right book for you, if: - you want to own and breed dogs with a healthy structure - for you, healthy structure is an ethically important criterion when selecting a breed or an individual dog - you are interested in dog shows - you are planning a career as a dog show judge - you want to develop your eye for the dog structure, both in details and as a whole - you want to understand what kinds of structure and movement are the most suitable for different dog sports - you want to learn to distinguish essential from nonessential, normal from abnormal, healthy from unhealthy as regards the structure of the dog - you want to recognize the anatomical risks of dogs and understand how they impact the dog s life - you want to deepen your knowledge of the structural-functional types of dogs as well as your understanding of their impact on the dog movement - you prefer learning by observing, doing and practicing rather than just reading - both physical and psychical wellbeing of dogs are important for you Salme Mujunen has Master s degree in Philosophy and Chemistry. She is a teacher of these subjects, a pedagog, freelancer journalist, and non-fiction author. She is also an entrepreneur providing different dog-related services like training courses in several dog sports, lecturing and private lessons for dog owners. She acts as evaluator and degree master of the Finnish vocational examination for animal trainers. Mujunen has published six non-fiction dog books in Finnish: Road to obedience championship (2006), Breed-specific behavior in dog sports (2009), From puppy to youngster (2011), Agility courses, part 1 & 2 (2012), Structure of the Dog - Extended Course (2015). The last one is currently being translated to four different languages. Mujunen is a certified principal judge of obedience and agility competitions and has judged them both in national and international levels as well as in championship competitions. Mujunen has successfully bred a Finnish breed, Lapponian Herder, and has received the highest Finnish prize for dog breeders, the Vuolasvirta prize. She has bred several Finnish Champions, Finnish Winners and successful and prized dogs of several dog sports. She has extremely wide experience of different dog breeds and she has been selected in the Finnish list of special dog experts.
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