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Dogs With Left Paw Preferences May Be Different Emotionally

Left and right-handedness in humans predicts specific patterns of emotional responses because of the way the brain is organized. Although left and right paw preferences in dogs are not as strong, recent data suggests that the dominant paw in a dog may also predict its emotional predispositions. Read More

left vs right preference in dogs

It has also been observed that herding dogs have a definite preference or strong side/direction for approaching/moving stock. Some are "bye dogs", preferring to move in a clock-wise direction around the stock, whereas others are "away dogs", with a preference for counter-clockwise movement.

How about Guide Dogs?

Some research has been done on left/right pawedness in Guide Dogs, too:

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Stanley Coren, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., is a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia.


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