The skeleton and musculature of your dog can be of particular interest to those involved with canine activities. But even if your dog is a genuine couch potato, not doing much more than sleeping and eating, having some knowledge of what shapes your dog can be valuable. In this webinar, participants will look at the dog skeleton, the joints that connect the bones and allow movement, and the muscles that pull it all together. Working with material from wolves and domestic dogs, as well as dog skulls, we focus on comparative anatomy of canine skulls including domestic dogs, wolves, and foxes, and how skull shape and dental anatomy impacts animal health and well-being. Basic joint anatomy and how different joints function will be explored, as well as how your dogs’ muscles work and what happens when they don’t.

Tim Lewis approaches canine research through the lens of an evolutionary ecologist. With a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tim taught for two decades at Wittenberg University in Ohio where he was an award-winning Professor of Biology. He is now a Professor of Biology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where his classes include ecology, evolution, mammalian ecology, and forest biology. Dogs have shared the Lewis household for years, and Tim taught a semester class completely built around dog biology for university students and friends of dogs. His research ranges across many species, including wolves, deer, squirrels, turtles and, of course, dogs. He has presented findings of his research in journals, at conferences, and as an invited speaker for more than 30 years. Tim hovers on the edges of the dog agility and canine freestyle worlds with his wife, Ruth, who teaches and competes in those sports. He is working on a series with APDT and his book about canine biology was recently released by Dogwise Publishing.

Webinar will be presented via Zoom. The presentation will be approximately one hour, with an additional 30 minutes for questions. CEU credits pending. Recording will be available to participants for a limited time. Recording will be available for purchase following the webinar.

Webinar link will be emailed 24 & 4 hours in advance.

Registrar: Lynsey Heffner

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  • Tim Lewis Webinar
     April 18, 2021
     5:00 pm - 6:30 pm