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Left or
right paw?

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According to Worldatlas only 10 percent of the human population is left-handed.

Which leaves us wondering, do our dogs favour the left or right paw?

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Understanding paw preference

Understanding paw preference

Just like humans, every dogs is different and given that they can’t talk to us, there’s no real way to tell whether your dog favours their left or right paw.

Along with this, there is no formal test to identify the more dominant paw. Experts however say dogs have a more equal chance than humans of being left or right-pawed.

Even though some may favour one paw, many dogs will have no preference.

Whilst there are no scientific tests, there are some fun methods you can use at home to determine if your dog is a lefty or a righty.

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The Kong Test

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The Kong Test

Fill a kong with food and give this to your dog.

Watch them whilst they eat and see how many times they use each paw to hold the kong. This will give an indication of your dogs paw preference.

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First-Stepping Test

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First-Stepping Test

Another fun way to see if your dog is a lefty or a righty is the first-stepping test. 

Just as it says in the name, this test involves watching your dog to see which paw they put down first as they prepare to walk. Whichever paw they use to take the first step is an indication of their paw preference.

Research has found that this test shows a significant preference of using the right paw.

Give the tests a try at home and let us know whether your dog is a lefty or a righty!

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