|Barked: Sun Oct 28, '12 11:06pm PST |
|Tasha does this occasionally. Mostly she does it when she sees something in the distance and is focusing on it. Sometimes she does it when she's in a new situation and is nervous about it. She will raise the paw but she won't be focusing on anything, she will be looking around with her eyes darting back and forth while licking her lips.
In my inexperienced opinion, Tasha raises the paw in the direction she wants to turn to run in. If she's focused on something she's comfortable and curious about, her body and paw is facing that direction and often after a few minutes she will begin walking towards it, starting off with the paw that had been raised. If she's nervous, her whole body is swaying, she's shifting her feet, and generally her paw will be up and angled in a different direction and she will usually swing around and start running or slinking off starting with the raised paw...if that makes sense! So maybe the raised paw is just up to get a head start on walking or running!
Also, I think that all dogs do this, but Pointers were bred specifically to enhance the trait so it's become so ingrained into their DNA that they do it much more often and hold the pose longer than other breeds. Because of this, it's unusual to us when we see other dogs raise a paw to point.
Edited by author Sun Oct 28, '12 11:12pm PST
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