I was wondering if four legged animals show a strong preference for their right or lieft side as humans do (being right or left handed)?
I was playing with my dog, having her do tricks and so on and it occurred to me that she seems to strongly favor her left paw. Just as humans she will use both paws but if I ask her to ‘shake’ she almost invariably offers her left paw. When she is playing and pawing at me (the ‘I want’ gesture dogs do) far more often than not it is her left paw she is waving about. One time playing she even clocked me upside the head with a helluva left to my head (she weighs about 100 pounds but I was still shocked at the force of that hit…FTR she didn’t really mean to hit me like that).
So, is my dog a lefty? If animals do have a preference for a side do they, as a group, tend to one side like humans have more righties than lefties? Will this change between species?