A recent study by the University of Adelaide have found that anipals who are 'left pawed' are more likely to be aggressive towards strangers. They say that we are left and right pawed and use one paw over the other for tasks. The left paw is controlled by the right side of brain which is linked to negative emotions. These Australian academics tested a group of dogs to see which paw they preferred to use for basic tasks and then analysed their behavioural traits. They found while there was no link with levels of excitability or attention seeking, the animals which were 'left-pawed' were much more likely to act aggressively towards people they did not know hmmm like the postman. The experiment, which was published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, saw around 75 dogs given a special cylindrical toy with food inside it. A third were right-pawed, a third were left, and a third were 'ambilateral' and were able to use both paws equally.
So To take the test to find out if you are a 'leftie' or a 'rightie'
Fill a toy with something delicious and put it in the center of the dog's visual field. Which paw does it use to touch the toy first? Which paw does the dog use to hold the toy?
Put something sticky on a dog or cat's nose. Which paw does the animal use to remove it?
Place a treat or a piece of cheese under a sofa, just beyond a dog or cat's reach. Which paw does it use to try and get it out?
Dangle a toy over a cat's head. Which paw does it lift to bat it?
Put a treat under a bowl. Which paw does the cat or dog use to move it?
When a dog wants in the backdoor, which paw does it 'knock' with?