[ SHOWGSD-L ] Re: Precision... suspension again

  • From: "Carolyn Martello" <marhaven@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <inflight@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <InquestGSD@xxxxxxx>, <israelfriedberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 23:18:48 -0800

As stated below by Kathaleen....we saw many dogs with their heads pulling into 
the leash so hard they had 
their heads down into their necks, leaning into the leash for momentum and the 
'appearance' of movement .
Some were pulling so hard their tails were literally rippling or  flopping.   
Most of these will  kick up with little 
rear drive when the tension is released.     I still see more kick up in the 
rear than I did locked hocks.......and
still seeing the "rotating"  stifle that has to rotate 'out' on the follow 
through and ' in ' at the hocks  to keep from 
dragging their toes and this one NEVER ceases to amaze me when they are often 
rewarded with wins.    I can't 
think of many more problems that will cause a dog to wear down than 
this......other than bad backs with a hinge 
in the middle or a soft dip in the middle of the back....or a pounding front.   
In a truly balanced animal you never see any of these issues.   They move with 
ease and suspension like the 
"well oiled machine" ......fluid, with beautiful precision.   True pure movers!
When you see these true precision movers you can't always describe any 
particular part that is  "spectacular'" 
so much as the incredible precision and ease with which they move at all 
speeds....stopping and starting and turning
and accelerating or slowing easily.   EVERY part is synchronized and balanced.
I have tried to make a simplified drawing of this on our web site on the GSD 
FAQ's page with the dog in full extension.
I will try to make a better version later ......but hopefully now it will still 
help to illustrate the precise balance required 
for a pure correct moving dog in a way that is simple to understand.
Even the neck angle should be in balance with the croup and tail.    That is 
how " precision"  is.....nothing....NOTHING 
is out of sync........from the head carriage to the stifle to the tip of the 

Carolyn    marhaven@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kathaleen Strong Subject: [ SHOWGSD-L ] suspension

  I have to admit the pictures look better than what I thought I saw at 
theshow.  I can still the deficiencies,
   in some, almost glaringly so.  Short necks bent downward to balance, kicking 
up in the rear, falling 

  But what the still shots do not tell you is -- how fast the dogs were going 
to achieve these pictures.  Nor 
  do they tell you about the fluidity, transmission and how long that period of 
suspension was.  They also don't
  tell you what their backs are like in motion.  Those few shots on a loose 
lead -- may be the only time they 
  were demanded to go loose for the half pass.  The other thing you don't see 
on these pictures is that 
  "feeling" you get when you watch a dog take stride after stride, 
effortlessly, powerfully and efficiently.   
  Another thing -- truly outstanding movers don't have to go "fast" to achieve 
that period of forward 
  suspension, each stride is efficient, effortless covering the ground with no 
fuss, muss or appearance
  of working at it.
  The outlines in a lot of these pictures are very nice, and they are up off 
the ground -- some showing 
  some "suspension" but I can't imagine it's terribly hard when there's no 
grass to cover what the feet are 
  doing and you have a talented photographer, they get the opportunity of 
getting a shot of their
   "period of suspension", regardless of how long it really is.
  And these are the "Cream of the crop" in our breed.  I think our Intersex 
judge didn't miss more than 
  5 animals in both sexes that if "I" were the judge I maybe would have kept 
for further consideration but 
  "maybe" would have cut anyway, so it's not that.  I probably wouldn't have 
been nearly as generous with 
  the Select ratings -- and I'm pretty certain, we probably would have had many 
of the same animals -- so
   that is not the issue.  The issue really is the "future" -- if the Select 
Dogs are our now dogs, and the
  class dogs our future, I feel the TREND is downward.  

  I could be totally off base, but look at some of those movement pictures, not 
all of them, but some of them 
  show -- shorter fronts with more rear, unbalanced front to rear -- True 
balance is achieved on the full trot when
  the legs work in complete unison -- for completely balanced, harmonious 
unison you should be able to draw
   parallel lines on both front and rear --so that the lines are on a very, 
very, similar same plane/angle on both the
  extended and retracted legs -- I tried to draw using keys on the keyboard, 
but it won't look good enough to
   illustrate what I'm talking about.  Not to mention -- our standard is clear 
on the angulation of our dogs, obliquely
  laid on shoulder blades (term for a right angle, ie 90 degrees), upper arm 
set at as close to a 45 degree angle
   (in relation to the obliquely laid on shoulder blade), 
  the rear quarter matches the forequarter and meets at a 90 degree angle.  
Carolyn and I have expounded 
  on this theory before, at a trot, you need to be able to draw a line through 
the extended legs, extend them up 
  past the top of the dog til they meet in a triangle  
  (ideally a right triangle upended so the 90 degree angle is at the top) 
  and then draw a line down from the top point where they meet -- this line is 
the center point of the dog's
   balance -- where do the retracted legs fall?  That line should be smack dab 
in the middle of where the feet
   will/have land(ed), throw in those extra lines on the contracted legs to see 
how harmonious front and rear are
  working together, and you see the dog in motion at a different level.  

  Motion pictures are great.  I love them!  But even a really good dog can take 
a bad motion picture 
  (if the picture is taken at one frame too soon or late, it can change the 
whole thing, not on a good angle, etc.), 
  and even a less than quality dog can be snapped in a moment of glory -- you 
have to see what they do in real
   life to see what they truly are all about.
  In any event, Michael and Sharon are very talented photographers, who worked 
extremely hard for our national.  
  After talking to her, I don't know if we'll get the pleasure of having them 
photograph our National again, which
  is a shame, because they truly did give us Gorgeous pictures to be proud of.  
 Some of the stories of how they 
  were treated by people and some of the comments are shocking.  "I'll just get 
the picture off your website and not
  pay for it" "you want me to pay for you taking my dog's picture?" -- 
  shameful!  I hope her initial fears of not even breaking even on this venture 
are not realized and I hope people 
  step up and buy the pictures of their dogs, they are beautiful!


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