I tried to film today’s video outside to show off the ridiculously amazing weather we’ve been having but apparently my trainer is right and dogs just don’t generalize all that well. Grrr. I hate when that happens. The videos were cute but not exactly what I had in mind. So I’m stuck with the crappy indoor lighting once more.
Shiva kind of taught this one to herself. Over a year ago one of our other trainers showed this off with her border collie. I thought it was hilarious at the time but never intended on teaching it to Shiva. When we started working on the handstand – which we are still working on – Shiva started offering this behaviour all the time. It was annoying at first because she wasn’t doing what I asked. That was when I remembered how cute it could be with the right verbal cue.
Another silly little trick was born!
Are dogs usually ambidextrous or, like humans, do they have foot preferences?
Shiva is so left-centric. Most of her tricks she only does in the one direction and with the one paw. We’re working on a side-step move and I can only get her to go the one way. To the left. I don’t know if this is how she is hard-wired or if it is something I created. I also don’t know if I should spend the time fixing it or if it’s just not a big deal. In our obedience class, there is a dog that will only walk on his handler’s right side. While I think that might cause some problems for them, I don’t know if I should worry about Shiva only rolling over on her left side.
Does your dog have a favourite foot? Is this something I should be concerned about?