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Dog Gait Analysis Using the Center of Pressure

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Dan B. Marghitu, Janet Steiss, Eliza Banu, Victoria Light

Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Paper No. DETC2007-34514, pp. 909-915; 7 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 6th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4806-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


In this study we evaluate the applicability of nonlinear mathematical techniques to describe and define normal dog gait. A commercially available walkway 2-dimensional motion analysis system was utilized to acquire kinematic data from healthy dogs. The kinematic data of the center of pressure (COP) of the dog during walking were analyzed. The ability to analyze COP on individual dogs has the potential to provide insight into normal and abnormal gait in dogs, and early detection of subtle lameness. This is especially important in working and athletic dogs.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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