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Laurent Fanchon
02-05-2004, 01:14 AM
Dear all,

I am currently working on the locomotion of dogs, trotting on a treadmill.
I would like to build a database of kinetics parameters for these dogs.
My questions is about the habituation.

Recording a dog each day during a week or one time a week during a month is
obviously different.
How many sessions are necessary to get reliable data?
How long is this habituation memorised?
I am talking precisely of habituation, not accomodation nor training.
I call accomodation, the time to wait before recording for a single session.
I call training, physical training, and I think its influence will be negligeable.

I have found lots of articles about accomodation, in men, horses and dogs. Some
authors recommend to wait 1 minute, others 5 minutes, others more.
But I am not able to find any reference about the number and the frequency of
sessions necessary to get the habituation.
Would I need 1 session each week during 4 weeks? Or 1 session each day during a
week?
And what happen after? How often should the dog perform on the treadmill to
remember his habituation? Will the dog still show same results after 1 month
without treadmill exercice?

Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Laurent Fanchon
DVM, MS
PhD Candidate
Breeding ans Sports Medicine Unit
National Veterinary School of Alfort (Paris-France)
lfanchon@vet-alfort.fr

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