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1 Paw Preference

2 Big Question Big Question-do dogs have a paw preference like humans? If so which paw? The reason why I wanted to do this experiment is because I wanted to do something with dogs.

3 Hypothesis My hypothesis is that dogs are going to prefer a paw. I think they’re going to prefer their right paw over the left paw. The reason I think they are going to prefer their right paw because most humans are right handed.

4 Facts 1.Cats mostly prefer both paws or they are ambidextrous 2.More than 50% of dogs are right handed. 3.Each paw is controlled by the opposite side of the brain. 4.You can also test this with a tube and a treat. 5.Most humans have a fine motor control which means we have a favorite foot,hand, eye, and even ear.

5 Step by Step procedure 1. Gather Materials: Ten to fifteen dogs Treats Toys 2. If the dog knows the command ‘shake” then repeat the command. Notice which paw it uses. 3. Record results. 4. If the dog doesn’t know the commands use a toy or treat. Notice which paw it uses to paw at.

6 Continued 5. Record results 6. Repeat steps 2-5 with the other dogs.

7 Variable My variable was the different age of the dogs and the different breeds.

8 Observations 1.I realized it might matter what hand the owner uses to teach the dog to shake. 2.Both wheaten terriers were right handed 3.Most of the older dogs were right pawed. 4.Only one of the dogs were both left and righted pawed.

9 Data NameBreedAgePawWith What CrosbyWheaten1 yr.RightReaching ToddBoxer9 monthsLeftShaking NormLab13 yrs.RightShaking CodaGolden3 yrs.LeftShaking TuckerGolden1 yr.RightShaking MollyLab9 yrs.LeftReaching MaxLab10 yrs.RightReaching MurphyWheaten1 yr.RightShaking LucyJack Russell2 yrs.LeftShaking WoodyLab9yrs.BothShaking NemoPoodle Mix3 yrs.RightReaching BeeMix15 yrs.LeftShaking

10 Analysis of Data This experiment did test my hypothesis because I found out the popular paw used by dogs. Six dogs were right, five were left, and only was ambidextrous.

11 Conclusion 1.My hypothesis was correct. The majority of the dogs preferred their right paw. 2.I would change this experiment by testing it with a treat and a tube. 3.Some new questions I have are: - Do cats also prefer a paw? -How long will it take to teach a dog to shake?

12 References 1.http://www.sciencebuddies.org/mentoring/project _ideas/MamBio_p011.shtmlhttp://www.sciencebuddies.org/mentoring/project _ideas/MamBio_p011.shtml 2.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/pets/testyou rpet/tests/static/dog_1.shtmlhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/pets/testyou rpet/tests/static/dog_1.shtml 4.http://www.helium.com/items/ right-pawed-and- left-pawed-catshttp://www.helium.com/items/ right-pawed-and- left-pawed-cats 5.http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id= &CFID= &CFTOKEN= http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id= &CFID= &CFTOKEN=


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