Dog-paddle science debunks notion of underwater trot

From Newfoundlands to Yorkshire terriers, canines swim with similar, distinctive gait

By Susan Milius, 16:57 PM January 8, 2014

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AUSTIN, TEXAS — A preliminary analysis of dog paddling has already sunk the old idea that swimming dogs just trot in water.

In a trot, a front paw (or hoof or foot) rises and falls in sync with the hind paw on the opposite side, explained Frank Fish of West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Although dog paddling had never been analyzed, he said, even he on occasion had described it as trotting in water.

Underwater videos of the churning paws of six breeds of dog, however, reveal...

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