What You Need To Know About Dog Anatomy
Some of the names used for the parts of a dog's body are the same as those used in everyday language. Others are more specialized. This article will try to use as many terms as possible.
1. standing four square
Standing four square simply means your dog is standing on all four legs.
2. dog's head
Clearly, this is the dog's head
3. dog's foreface
The area between the nose and a point between the eyes is the foreface
4. the stop
A point between the eyes is the stop. Some dogs have a gradual stop while in others it is more distinct. In some dogs it is difficult to discern any stop at at all.
5. Dog's Lip
A dog's lip is sometimes called a flew
6. dogs ear
This is a fairly obvious part of the dogs anatomy
The occiput is the bony bulge on the top of the head. Its function is to protect the brain and bones of the skull
8. zygomatic arch
The dog's zygomatic arch is sometimes called the cheek bone. You can feel it (and sometimes see it at the side of the eye.
9. dog's withers
At the back of the neck and basically above the shoulder bones are the withers.
10. dog's scapula
The scapula is the shoulder bone and it runs form the withers to the point of the shoulder
11. dog's sternum
The sternum is the dog's breastbone and can be felt between the front legs.
12. dog's elbow
The elbow is the point at which the leg bends and can be felt at the back of the dog's leg.