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Conclusion

Our results show that the majority of the dog had a paw preference, and they were mostly left-pawed. The hypothesis that most dogs are right-pawed is proven to be false.

Understanding the relationship between  animal behavior and their preferred use of leftor right paw or if they are ambidextrous, may help in the selection of dogs for specific tasks. For example a police dog that was trained for months may have to be deployed for other uses, if it cannot overcome its fear of  loud noise from a gun or explosion.

Also consider

How different would your results be, if the science fair project were to be repeated using cats instead of dogs? How about other pets such as hamsters?

The science project experiment can also be repeated to compare the preferred paw based on the breed and gender of the dog or cat.

References

How does handedness affect behavior - http://www.animals.com.au/articles/400/dogbehaviour.html

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

Left handed dogs - http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/left_handed_dogs_09172006.html

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Complexity level:
7
Project cost ($):
30
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 1day for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

Have a qualified dog handler around to ensure your safety, when handling the dogs