Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Dog Gait

How does a dog walk? That seems like an easy question, but most of us don't really know.  At least not until recently.

In a study published in Cell Press in 2009, researchers found that dogs, like all four legged animals, step with their left hind leg followed by their left foreleg. Then they step with their right hind leg followed by the right foreleg. This means that they always have three feet on the ground for stability.
Dogs always have three feet on the ground.

Big dogs and little dogs all have the same gait.
Photo: Pinterest
According to the researchers, this is how all four legged animals walk. They differ from one another only in the timing of taking the step.

Read more:  Science Daily


  1. You know in that pic of the lab puppy he only has 2 feet on the ground right?

    1. I know I know. I see it the same way you do. But I only report the science, I don't get to write it. I guess we could go directly to the journal article and send a comment.

  2. but is the puppy walking or trotting?

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