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                DOG ANATOMY
A COLORING ATLAS
There are hundreds if not thou- sands of books related to the sport of dogs. I’d like to share with you one tool I’ve found to be
helpful in a never-ending journey to excellence in dog breeding and care, showing and out sport in general. Hopefully you will find this useful as well. Let’s start with the basics.
Dog Anatomy—A Coloring Atlas by Robert A. Kaiser, DVM, MS, Profes- sor of Anatomy, Colorado State Uni- versity College of Veterinarian Medi- cine, and Thomas O. McCracken, MS, Vice President for Product and De- velopment, Visible Publications, CSU Director of Biomedical Media and Professor Teton NewMedia Innova- tive Publishing veterinarywire.com. As a breeder and exhibitor, I do not need a graduate degree in dog anatomy to understand key prin- ciples that influence dog perfor- mance. However, in order to. bet- ter understand movement, balance, type, conformation, reproduction band overall organ placement and skeletal structure I would suggest youneedtohaveaworkingknowledgeof canine anatomy.
This atlas is an excellent basic book with large illustrations and accom- panying text that is easy to read and full of useful information. As the introduction states: “Using this at- las, you will explore the dog’s body by coloring drawings of various or- gans and readying the short descrip- tions accompanying the drawings.
Coloring illustrations in this manner is an enjoyable and effective learn- ing experience. In keeping with the current trend in naming parts of the body, most Latin anatomic names have been changed to English.”
I was attracted to this interactive ap- proach to anatomy for this reason: adult learning has been even proven to be most effective when it is experi- ential and hands-on—and this refer- ence meets those goals.
THE BOOK IS BROKEN DOWN INTO SYSTEMS. EX- AMPLES OF THOSE SYSTEMS INCLUDES:
• Organs of Movement: Bones,
Joints and Muscles • The Dog’s Head
• Digestive System
• Body Cavities and
“COLORING ILLUSTRATIONS IN THIS MANNER IS AN ENJOYABLE AND EFFECTIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE.”
Serous Membranes
• Cardiovascular System • Immune System
• Respiratory System
• Female and Male
Reproductive Systems
• Nervous System
• Endocrine System
By the time you are done using and studying this Atlas you will have a solid foundation and understanding to discuss movement, reproduction processes and behavior influences. You will also have the basics when you begin more in-depth, detailed discus- sion and reference to movement and type.
And most importantly, you will now have the knowledge to make your own decisions and opinions based on fact, and not on another person’s opinion or agenda.
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