Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Side Gait - the letter "M"
I love this picture of Joey - it demonstrations the letter "M" that symbolizes the side gait (in the Bernese Mountain Dog). The front paw is either at the nose or slightly ahead - reaching. The rear paw behind the croup - driving. The other two front and rear paws forming the lower middle section of the "M". This demonstrates "reach" and "drive".
Note: This movement should be demonstrated at a relatively slow trotting pace. The dog, with correct balance and angulation, will demonstrate this "M" without being raced around the ring.