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Course #302

Practical Canine Anatomy
By Claudia Waller Orlandi, PhD

Number of pages: 157

Cost for Hardcopy Only: $25 (includes S&H) 

Because this course is designed for all breeds of dogs, no CD template is available

Practical Canine Anatomy is designed to be an introduction for the novice and a review for experienced judges and breeders. This program has been sponsored by the Dog Judges¡¯ Association of America (DJAA) and the AKC Judges¡¯ Institute. Successful breeding and judging draws upon talents that are both science and art. The science of judging is a working knowledge of canine anatomy; the art of judging is having an ¡°eye for a dog,¡± or the ability to correctly and easily evaluate the dog as one piece. In its attempt to discuss individual anatomical parts in terms of the whole dog, Practical Canine Anatomy is guided by science and art and takes a lay person¡¯s approach to a potentially complex subject. A series of workbook exercises accompany the textbook, upon completion of which the student will receive a Certificate of Completion.

THE CANINE ANATOMY SEMINAR: Claudia Orlandi gives a seminar which is based on the Practical Canine Anatomy Home Study Program. The seminar is an introduction to the topics that are covered in the Practical Canine Anatomy. Included in the seminar is an optional hands-on workshop with live dogs on how to estimate forequarter and hindquarter angulation. Clubs who are interested in this presentation should contact Claudia Orlandi at email:   There is no charge for the seminar other than travel expenses.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:  The Practical Canine Anatomy textbook discusses key skeletal and surface parts of the dog that judges and breeders should know and approaches the topic of canine anatomy from the point of view of evaluating a dog¡¯s structural balance based on 4 important elements, which include (1) size, (2) substance, (3) stance and (4) proportions.  By discussing individual parts and how they relate to the all important structural balance of each dog, the goal is to reinforce the important judging principle of never losing sight of the whole dog and the idea that no one part is ever more important than the sum of a dog¡¯s parts. A deck of flashcards is included along with a series of workbook exercises.