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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-29-2016, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Lefty or Righty?

No, this is not a political discussion!

Is it possible that dogs are left or right handed (pawed?)? Ricky gives every indication that he is left pawed. He constantly leads with his left paw and shows a preference to use his front left paw instead his right.

Any insights from the Havanese Nation out there?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-30-2016, 03:04 AM
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I think it is possible that dogs are right or left side strong. Most dogs will protect in a certain direction. If they keep one side to the groomer like they have a weak side and the strong side so they keep the strong side toward the groomer. I know it sounds weird don't know how to explain it but I have noticed it and wondered the same thing Ricky's Popi

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When Ruby bats at her Kong Wobbler to knock the treats out she always uses her right paw.

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Animals, including dogs, are definitely "sided", just like people. Scientific studies have proven this. Here is one of many pop articles about this that you can Google, (pthough I can't find the research paper I've seen right now: Are dogs right-handed or left-handed? - Dogtime

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yes ,it's called lateralization. one of the most interesting ones is tail wags , here's a few I have on it

Tail Wagging and Brain Lateralization

Dogs show left facial lateralization upon reunion with their owners. - PubMed - NCBI


What You Don't Know About Your Dog's Nostrils - Scientific American Blog Network

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