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Did you know that your dog has a preference for “handedness”?  Your pooch is either left “pawed”, right “pawed”, or has no paw preference; this is means your pup is ambidextrous.  Animal behaviourists call paw preference “pawedness”.

What does pawedness tell us?  Well, it seems that research into how the canine brain is organized is providing information on how dogs behave.  Pawedness, like handedness in people, can tell us which side of the brain is dominant.  According to research done at the University of Adelaide dogs with a left paw preference are more likely to show aggression toward strangers.  While dogs with no paw preference or a right paw preferences are not as aggressive toward strangers.

For more information on the University of Adelaide study check out this article: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201307/dogs-left-paw-preferences-may-be-different-emotionally

Dog with a paw preference are more successful in training than dogs without a paw preference.  Studies also show that guide dogs and police dogs are more likely to be left pawed.  Left pawedness is more common in male dogs.

Interested in testing your pup’s paw preference?  There are a couple of tests you can do.  The easiest one is to play “shake a paw” with your dog 10-20 times.  Simply count the number of times your dog chooses the right or left paw.  The paw that was offered more often is your pup’s paw preference.  While this test is the easiest it may not give the most reliable answer.  For other tests you can do that give a more reliable answer.  Check out these articles for more information on paw preference testing:

Is your dog right pawed or left pawed?  Let us know on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DoonGo?ref=hl

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