Research done by Lisa Tomkins at the University of Sydney found that, statistically, right-pawed dogs with a counterclockwise whorl on their chest had twice the chance of succeeding in guide dog school compared to left-pawed dogs equipped with a clockwise whorl on their chest.
It sounds crazy, but the science is solid. Dr. Temple Grandin and I pioneered the work on hair whorls and temperament in cattle and horses back in the 1990s. Our work motivated work in dogs and other animals.
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