A new study shows dogs don’t prefer to be sat on their backs and their front legs are far more preferred than their rear legs when it comes to getting attention.
The study, which involved a large number of dogs in different parts of Europe, found that sitting dogs on their hind legs was more attractive than sitting dogs with their front paws in a relaxed position.
In the study, dogs were divided into two groups and were allowed to sit on their sides, legs spread out, their feet on the ground, and their heads in a horizontal position.
The researchers then asked the dogs to play in a small room where they were asked to place their paws in an imaginary circle and to watch a video of their owner walking around.
At the end of the video, the dogs were asked if they liked the position of their paws and their owners had to say yes or no.
“The researchers found that the dogs that were sat on the sides, or with their paws up, were far more likely to be preferred than the dogs who had their front paw in a position that was relaxed,” said lead author and veterinary surgeon Dr. Michael Hänni.
“And the front legs were preferred by a much higher percentage of the dogs than the rear legs.
This indicates that the front paws are a natural part of dogs, they are not just a novelty for them.”
The study also found that dogs were also more attracted to the “paw” of the person they were interacting with, while dogs on the front had more attraction to their owners’ feet.
“This could be due to the fact that when dogs are in front of their owners, their toes are on the floor and the foot is more prominent, which creates an association with their owner,” Häni explained.
“It could also be due, however, that dogs prefer their owners to be with them, they’re less likely to try to get away from them and they prefer to sit down.”
Researchers also found the dogs preferred to be looked at by a person of their own species, but the researchers were unable to determine if that was because they could not trust the dogs or because the dogs had not had contact with humans.
Dr. Hänsi added that although the study showed that sitting animals were more attractive, the study did not provide conclusive evidence that humans were attracted to sitting animals.
“We still have to learn more about how people are attracted to their own kind,” he said.
“When it comes down to it, the fact is that people are not the only ones who are attracted by animals and other animals.
People are also attracted to human beings, so the fact remains that there is no clear relationship between humans and other human beings.”
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