In my blog trolling, I came across a great post on Susan Garrett's agility blog. There, she has a post from Helen King, an expert in canine structure for performance, share some insights into what she thinks makes a good, structurally sound agility dog. I thought it might be of interest to performance and conformation folks alike. Here's the link:
In my former life as a horse person, I studied a lot about how equine structure related to the horse's ability to move well, perform well, and stay sound. Since attending a Chris Zink seminar last January, I've been a bit obsessed about structure of performance dogs as well (thanks to Carolyn for helping me learn more about shoulders when I saw her at this year's specialty!).
I highly recommend attending one of Chris' seminars. In the seminar I attended, she talked about canine structure as it relates to performance events (especially soundness for agility), helped us evaluate our own dogs (I took Ziggy, and she liked Z's moderate angles and good balance), taught us about conditioning our dogs for performance events, and helped us understand how to use cavaletti as a training tool for better movement and jumping ability. I think it would be great to have someone like Chris come to one of our national specialties and talk to both performance and conformation folks about corgi structure for performance events. A girl can dream, can't she....