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Do dogs have a dominant paw?


Asked by Member 562318 on Jan 24th 2008 in Behavior & Training
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Gio

Yes, dogs tend to be "handed" like people. Meaning that they are naturally more comfortable or able to do things towards one side of their body, very much like people are either right handed or left handed when it comes to writing or using tools or utensils.

You can test to see which direction your dog favors with a simple fetch test. Toss a ball or toy a good distance away from you and send your dog to run and fetch it. Once they get the toy, note if they turn right or left to come back to you. If they consistently turn the same direction (or if one direction predominates) then they favor that side. Mostly right turns = right handed. Mostly left turns = left handed.

Additionally, some dogs are ambidextrous, not favoring one direction over the other but equally able to work in both directions.

Gio is very much right handed, but my other dog, Romeo, is ambidextrous.


Gio answered on Jan 24th.

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Daisy~The Angel By My Side~

What do you mean by a dominant paw?


Daisy~The Angel By My Side~ answered on 1/24/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Abby

I think so, Abby always shakes her left :) But who knows!


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Jumpin' Jack Flash Red

Jack is left handed. Teach them "shake" and see which paw he uses most!


Jumpin' Jack Flash Red answered on 1/25/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer