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Old 05-09-2017, 12:43 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I rarely see Pensive do the famous Trotto Spinta that the Bracco Italiano is so famous for. The long flowing trot is what first attracted me to the breed. I got Pensive because of the Bracco affectionate nature and cooperative spirit, but still, I wish to see the trotto.

But when would she trot? She walks and frolics with me and because Wyatt McRiot is pedal-to-the-metal all the time and she runs with him.

Yesterday was the first day to mow the lawns. I look up and Pensive is following me at a distance, and the riding lawn mower is just the right speed for a trot. For an hour, she trotted and as she trotted, her gait got longer and longer and more beautiful.

The plan is now to use the lawn mower to strengthen her trotting muscles. As she gets steadier with her trot, I can speed up and she will trot faster.

No, she is not in any danger. She stayed well back and if she decides to get closer, I can simply turn the blades off.

In Italy, some of the Bracci wear a harness called a Braga that encourages them to trot. As far as I can tell, it is not uncomfortable and the dogs don't mind it, but I am not willing to go to those lengths. Pensive can run if she wants to.

Anyway, it was a thrill to see her trot. Not quite the Trotto, yet, but very pretty and I think she will get there with my new lawn mower training program.
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Old 05-09-2017, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Just had to find a video. Very impressive!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE3iu5vzsFA

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Old 05-11-2017, 11:09 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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https://youtu.be/eL4QfF7LXMkhttps://youtu.be/eL4QfF7LXMk

OK, that didn't work. How do you embed a Your Tube video? I think this link will get you there.

It's a much better video of a trotto. It's a long stride with a lot of hock action and a bounce to the step. Warning, don't watch if you are sensitive. Two birds get shot to show the Bracco fetching. It's a hunting video to show the Bracco working and pointing.

But, anyway. That's the trot I am hoping to see.
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Old 05-11-2017, 11:21 AM
 
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same kind of trot you look for in some horse disciplines. you want the back feet to land under the middle of the belly. had no idea they looked for this in a dog breed. awesome.
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Old 05-11-2017, 10:49 PM
 
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same kind of trot you look for in some horse disciplines. you want the back feet to land under the middle of the belly. had no idea they looked for this in a dog breed. awesome.
Exactly! When I saw the thread title I wondered what it was doing in the dog section!

Seriously, if you could ride him I could give you some tips on using your legs to ask him to extend. But since you can't . . . have you thought of doing exercises with him using ground poles? Cavaletti is the other name for them. Here's a link to a site which explains them.

Getting Started with Cavaletti Exercises for Your Dog

I love your lawn mower program. Garden tractors and ATV's are a common tool used by some horse people to condition horses, especially youngsters who are too young to ride, or conformation horses (like bench show dogs) who are never ridden.

Have fun with this!
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Old 05-12-2017, 12:11 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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She shouldn't need any special training. The Bracco is a gaited breed and that is their natural gait. I just need to get her going at the right speed.

The Trotto comes from the hips and spine as much as it does from the stifles. If you watch Bracci, you will see that their spine above the hips wags back and forth. My son was horrified when he first saw Pensive. He thought she had hip dysplasia, but that is how the breed moves.

There aren't many gaited dog breeds. The Miniature Pinscher is a gaited breed, and the Bracco. I can't think of any other, unless you want to consider the German Shepherd with the flying trot a gaited breed.

That's interesting about using cavaletti with dogs.

I exercised my show horses by ponying them and most of the dog people exercise from a bicycle. I'm not so keen on fastening a 65 pound, exceptionally strong, hard charging puppy to my bicycle. Not to mention, she is genetically program to maintain a position in front of me. Not so good with a bicycle,
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Old 05-12-2017, 01:55 PM
 
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Oh good - didn't realize you were a horse person. I didn't say "ponying" because I didn't think you'd know what I was talking about.

Interesting about the other gaited dog breeds. That's totally new to me. My Rat Terrier was a lateral mover - kinda like a pacer had he been a standardbred horse. I believe the Ratties have min-pins in their background so maybe that's where that came from. What an interesting breed the Bracco is.
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Beautiful.

I didn't realize what a big deal the gait was til I had some show people gush over my dog's gate.
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