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Is Your Pet Left-Handed? Use This Test!

Tests for Dogs

  • If your dog can “shake,” which paw does she usually offer?
  • Put a dab of a sticky food on your pooch’s nose. Does he use his right or left paw to take it off?
  • Put a tiny treat just out of reach of your dog. Does she use her right or left paw to grab it?
  • Put a tiny treat under your dog’s food bowl. Does he use his right or left paw to move the bowl?
  • When your dog wants to go outside, does she use her right or left paw to knock on the door?
  • Fill a toy with your dog’s favorite treat. Does he use his right or left paw to touch the toy the first time? Does he use his left or right paw to hold the toy?

Tests for Cats

  • Put a dab of a sticky food on your cat’s nose. Does he use his right or left paw to take it off?
  • Put a tiny treat just out of reach of your cat. Does she use her right or left paw to grab it?
  • Put a tiny treat under your cat’s food bowl. Does he use his right or left paw to move the bowl?
  • Dangle your cat’s favorite toy over his/her head. Does she use her right or left paw to bat at the toy?

Is your pet right or left-handed? Let us know your results in the comments section!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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1:36AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Interesting, Thanks

4:33PM PST on Feb 1, 2014

Thanks!

2:56PM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:19PM PDT on May 28, 2013

My first dog was left pawed. All other pets right handed.

2:17PM PDT on May 28, 2013

Dusty's ambidextrous like me. Who's gonna test 17 cats?

12:56AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Both right pawed!

8:58PM PDT on May 27, 2013

I will have to try this test on my kitty! I suspect she's a leftie!

11:22AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Jajaja wonderful, thanks!

1:32AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

right mostly with my dog Tian, but he does occasionally do things with both. he can give each paw on command as the most common one, depends if he's lying down or sitting/up and about!

3:16AM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

bobbie lefty, ginger lefty, amber both.

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