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Is he/she left or right handed?
With humans, about 90% are right handed, and 10% are left handed. With dogs, the percentages seem to be about 80%
right pawed, about 20% left pawed, according to this Animal Instincts website .
As a matter of fact, left-pawed dogs are much favored when it comes to training police and guide dogs—according
the faculty of Veterinary Science at University of Sydney.
Based on the theories and studies above, clearly a left pawer is a winner to have not just in working dog
industries but will also benefit owners who want their dogs excel in agility, flyball, obedience, or even in canine
freestyle (a.k.a. dancing with dogs) activities. However, on the less cheery side to this study, left pawers are at
a greater risk to some diseases. To determine whether your dog is right handed or left handed, watch to see which
one he/she uses to paw at things.
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
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