Right Pawed or Left Pawed?


Chloe leading with her right paw as she demonstrates her hunting stance.

Right pawed or left pawed makes for an interesting topic of discussion for dog fanatics. You may already know what I’m talking about when you hear the words, “right pawed” or “left pawed,” but if you don’t, here’s the scoop. 

It seems there’s new research out there that suggests your dog is either right pawed, left pawed, or ambilaterally pawed, meaning it doesn’t favor either the right or left paw. This trait has been suggested as being similar to humans who are right handed, left handed or ambidextrous. In other words, a dog will tend to favor one paw over the other when involved in activities of playing, running, eating, and even giving their paw for a shake!

On the human side, it’s estimated that at least 90 percent of the world’s population is right handed with only 10 percent favoring their left hand. In the dog world, the difference is more like an equal split across the board, or 30 percent right, 30 percent left, and 30 percent ambilateral. 

Now you’re probably asking, 
"What if my dog leads with its right paw, and not with its left?"
"What's the difference?" 
According to researchers, a dog favoring their left paw has a tendency to be more outwardly aggressive especially when being around, or meeting strangers. That makes Chloe a righty of course, since she hasn’t met a stranger she didn’t like, especially if they have treats!

So, what’s your observations? 

Is your dog, right, left or ambilateral? 

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