First, PixelDroid, in one of the vids they show how to put a skeleton for a dog model; this might be what you're looking for.
Jay, thanks for the tip. I've already downloaded most of the video tuts and they're amazing and very helpful.
What I'm trying to find is a tutorial that gives me an overview of maya's animation... how do i link all these animation concepts all together for one big scene... All tuts I've found tend to teach you one technique only, how do I combine these techniques.
Let me know if you have any idea.
Again, Thanks a lot for your help.