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Paw Preference . 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. Hypothesis.

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Big question
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.


Hypothesis
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.


Facts
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.


Step by step procedure
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 .


Continued
Continued

  • 5. Record results

  • 6. Repeat steps 2-5 with the other dogs.


V ariable
Variable

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


Observations
Observations

  • I realized it might matter what hand the owner uses to teach the dog to shake.

  • Both wheaten terriers were right handed

  • Most of the older dogs were right pawed.

  • Only one of the dogs were both left and righted pawed.



Analysis of data
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.


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • My 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?


References
References

  • http://www.sciencebuddies.org/mentoring/project_ideas/MamBio_p011.shtml

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3596925

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/pets/testyourpet/tests/static/dog_1.shtml

  • http://www.helium.com/items/1305686-right-pawed-and-left-pawed-cats

  • http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id=1956-00433-001&CFID=4466657&CFTOKEN=69093707


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