2 Big QuestionBig 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 HypothesisMy 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 Cats mostly prefer both paws or they are ambidextrous More than 50% of dogs are right handed.Each paw is controlled by the opposite side of the brain.You can also test this with a tube and a treat.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 Toys2. 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 Continued5. Record results6. Repeat steps 2-5 with the other dogs.
7 VariableMy variable was the different age of the dogs and the different breeds.
8 ObservationsI realized it might matter what hand the owner uses to teach the dog to shake.Both wheaten terriers were right handedMost of the older dogs were right pawed.Only one of the dogs were both left and righted pawed.
9 Data Name Breed Age Paw With What Crosby Wheaten 1 yr. Right Reaching ToddBoxer9 monthsLeftShakingNormLab13 yrs.CodaGolden3 yrs.TuckerMolly9 yrs.Max10 yrs.MurphyLucyJack Russell2 yrs.Woody9yrs.BothNemoPoodle MixBeeMix15 yrs.
10 Analysis of DataThis 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 ConclusionMy hypothesis was correct . The majority of the dogs preferred their right paw.I would change this experiment by testing it with a treat and a tube.Some new questions I have are:- Do cats also prefer a paw?-How long will it take to teach a dog to shake?