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.

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