Is your dog right-pawed or left-pawed?

Research shows that dogs can have a paw preference and it is fairly easy for you to test your own dog.

In 2006, a researcher, Dr Nick  Branson, found that the way a dog uses its paws was an indicator of how it reacted to noise.  Dogs without a clear paw preference were more likely to be reactive to noises such as thunderstorms and fireworks.  He presented his findings at the annual conference of the Australian Veterinary Association in 2007.

Dr Branson was quoted as saying,:

“It seems possible that dogs that do not favour one side or the other may be prone to experience intense emotional responses to a broad range of stimuli. Animals with lateralised functions may be able to transfer attention from disturbing stimulus more successfully.”  (Source:  News Nine)

Now, if you want to know how to test your dog for their dominant paw,  here’s how – just follow these tests as demonstrated by Ellie Mae on YouTube:

One response to “Is your dog right-pawed or left-pawed?

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