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    Can dogs be right or left handed?

    You know how dogs favor laying on certain sides or in sit position will turn their head more to one side than the other? Or move their left paw first over their right or vice versa ? In ppl which ever hand we are we favor that side more than the other. Is there any such a thing for dogs? Or are they considered amedextrious?
    I'm comparing Lacey picts (our other Bordeaux) to Lucy and they are complete opposites. They also lay in complete opposite sides of how they laid and lay around this house. I'm curious if dogs are like ppl in that aspect like left or right handed? If there is a such thing....If so how do you know which one they are?

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    Well dogs don't have hands.....

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    Dogs can be most certainly one sided, same as horses. Noticed mostly in favoring one lead over the other in a run.
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    Apparently if you push a ball/treat under a piece of furniture, whichever way the dog leans (whether or not they stick a paw under) is their dominant side.
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    I meant pawed or sided . Is left or right more prominent in dogs? Humans rights more prominent.

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    The only advice I can give is that if you find your dog is left pawed, don't try and change him! My parents did that and I think that's one reason I'm in therapy today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb's Tiny Dogs View Post
    The only advice I can give is that if you find your dog is left pawed, don't try and change him! My parents did that and I think that's one reason I'm in therapy today!
    Haha! I'm a true lefty but can see where your coming from. Alot of things in this world are made for right handers.

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    yes. and like people most dogs are right pawed all my dogs are rightys but Happys mom is a lefty. even my rabbit is a righty..she CAN go left of coarse, but she has to try twice as hard to do anything to the left vs to the right.
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    Psst....It's 'ambidextrious'

    and yes, dogs will favor one paw over the other, it depends on the dog, not so much by breed, just like people. Hide a toy under a couch and see what paw she uses to retrieve it, that's a good indicator

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    All my dogs are "left leaded"... But I think that has something to do with the way I train that they become morcomfortable on that side... That being said... They are all comfortable on their rights as well.

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