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Paw Preference in Dogs

Paw Preference in Dogs | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Ever wondered if your pup has a paw preference? This science project will help you find out! You'll observe 20 dogs of various breeds and genders to determine if they prefer their left or right paw. You'll use a handshake test and a food touch test to observe the paw they use most often.


The hypothesis is that most dogs are right pawed, just like human beings.

Method & Materials

You will select 20 dogs of various breeds and genders, and observe them using a handshake test and a food touch test to determine their paw preference.
You will need a dog trainer, a box of dog biscuits, and a pouch.


The results showed that out of the 20 dogs, 12 dogs or 60% of them were left pawed. Another 3 dogs or 15% were right pawed and 5 dogs or 25% were ambidextrous. This disproves the hypothesis that most dogs are right pawed.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it helps us understand the relationship between animal behavior and their preferred use of left or right paw.

Also Consider

Consider repeating the experiment using cats instead of dogs, or comparing the paw preference based on the breed and gender of the dog or cat.

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