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A list of words, phrases and terms... all related to dogs.

There are 288 entries in the dog dictionary.
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Occiput

The highest point of the skull at the back of the head

Occlusion

The alignment of the teeth.

OFA

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

Over Reaching

A Dog over reaches when during a trot the rear feet must be placed to the side of the front feet to avoid hitting the front feet. Over reaching is caused when rear angulation creates more drive than the drive and return of the front legs.

Overshot Bite

The upper jaw is longer than the lower jaw causing the upper incisors to overlap over the lower teeth so they do not touch the lower teeth at all. Sometimes called a parrot mouth. This is a disqualifying fault in the show ring.

Oviduct

A small tube that connects the ovary to the uterine horn. One from each ovary to each uterine horn. Also known as the fallopian tube.

Oxytocin

Oxytocin is a naturally occuring hormone secreted from the hypothalamus gland in the brain to promote uterine contractions during whelping. There is also an FDA approved injection of the hormone that is used to induce labor in bitches, help expel the placenta and jump start milk release after whelping.

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