Golden Retriever Puppy Gets Prosthetic Paw

Bristol, Virginia – Lily seems like a happy, healthy golden retriever puppy who doesn’t know she only has three paws. Due to a birth complication, Lily was born missing one of her front paws. According to her owner Heather Mullin, removing the limb would have been the easier and less expensive decision, and is more common.  Instead she chose to let Lily be, and on Wednesday she was fitted with a prosthetic paw.  Heather says it will ultimately be up to Lily whether she wears it or not.


Heather is an occupational therapist who chose this special girl as she felt she had a purpose. Lily gets to work alongside her owner each day helping to rehabilitate patients, some who have prosthetic limbs themselves.  Lily  will start her formal training at 6 months of age.

“I really wanted to get a pet that could work alongside me that could help my patients. She did seem like the perfect choice,” says Mullin.  Full story from WCYB News here.

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Golden Retrievers and “Paw-resting-on-arm” Behavior. Dominance or Not?

You know what I mean right?  When your dog is sitting next to you and places his/her paw on your lap or arm, either before or after you start to pet them?  Both of my goldens did this ALL THE TIME!  I don’t have a problem with this.

Since this is a blog about goldens, and even has a category called Golden Behavior, I thought I would do a little post about this particular behavior and see what others have read, learned, or experienced.

And of course, I have to throw in the Poll…Does your golden do the “Arm-Paw” ?  I want to try and determine if this is a common “Golden Behavior”  Please participate!  It only takes a fraction of a second.

The conclusion that I have come to is this:  If a dog gets petted when he puts his paw up, he considers this a reward, therefore, he will continue to do this, and in most cases, continue to be rewarded.  If no one ever responds to this behavior, I assume it would eventually not exist.

A dog is man’s best friend, and this is just one of their ways of showing affection, or begging!  Some sites I checked out still believe it is a dominant behavior.  I suppose there is that possibility that it is dominance related in some situations, but generally, with goldens, its just them begging for affection with their adorable cuteness.  If I don’t want to pet Tucker, (like THAT ever happens) I wont pet him.  It is always my decision.  Excuse me while I go pet Tucker…

Related Article – Why Do Dogs Give Paw? by Kevin Behan – Modern Dog Magazine