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References for "Early Takeoffs - History, Research, and Testing”
For the convenience of our readers, we have included an online list of references for this article from the November 2017 issue of the magazine so that you can click on a reference and go directly to a cited article.

Video Collection of Early Takeoffs and Related Signs
This is a collection of videos that demonstrate early takeoffs (ETOs) and related signs of varying degrees. They are intended to help further your understanding of what early takeoffs look like, both subtle and more pronounced. 

Vision Disorders in Agility Dogs
Agility dog trainers have noticed that some dogs have difficulty jumping obstacles because the dog consistently takes off too early on the approach to the jump. These dogs exhibit a pattern that also involves taking stutter steps, and dropping their heads as if to get a better look at the jump. The purpose of this study was to look for visual abnormalities in dogs
with jumping problems.

What Do They See and How Do We Know, Part 1
Veterinary ophthalmologists can’t ask their patients about their vision. Yet dogs have many of the same eye problems people have—and a few more! So, how can we tell how well our dogs see? And how do we know what they see?

What Do They See and How Do We Know, Part 2
In the second part of this two-part article, Dr. Cook discusses vision abnormalities.

Behavior Log
Keeping good records is part of a successful behavior change program. Doing so can help you identify trends, as well as illuminate problems managing your dog’s threshold for specific triggers. Terry has provided a copy of a behavior log her clients find helpful. See her articles in the July through September 2016 issues of Clean Run.

Toe Inuries in Agility Dogs

By Debra Sellon

If your dog suffers an orthopedic injury, you are often asked to make a decision regarding which treatment options you want to pursue. What you may not know is that vets have little information other than their personal experience to help them predict performance outcomes after specific injuries or surgeries. In contrast, in the world of athletic horses, there is much scientific evidence to guide these decisions. For most common equine injuries, there is ample evidence to determine the probability of return to athletic function after specific surgical procedures. A team of researchers from across the U.S. is taking the first steps toward developing this type of evidence to guide decision-making related to injuries in canine athletes.


Caveletti Training Log
Finding ways to work on your dog's coordination, strength, and conditioning in a convenient and efficient fashion is essential. In the May 2014 installment of Daisy Peel's "The 10-Minute Trainer" series, she covers caveletti training. This PDF is the log she references in the article for keeping records of training sessions.

Why Toes Are So Important!
Toe injuries are often missed or overlooked. The significance of this lies in that the paws are inversely proportionate to athletic ability. Missed or inappropriately treated injuries can result in decreased performance or even retirement of the canine athlete. As always, prevention and early recognition of any injury is crucial to keeping your canine partner on course.

Congenital Conditions: Patellar Luxation
Patellar luxation is a common condition seen in toy, miniature, and large breed dogs and is characterized by the kneecap dislocating or floating out of the trochlear groove. The kneecap can float either to the inside of the knee (medial luxation) or to the outside of the knee (lateral luxation). Medial luxations account for 80%-90% of all cases, regardless of the size or type of dog.