How’s this for “important” news?
Dogs use the Earth’s magnetic field when relieving themselves. Not only that, but they do so in a north-south axis, a new study says.
After examining 70 dogs — made up of 37 breeds — over two years, 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations, researchers found that under “calm magnetic field conditions,” dogs preferred to “excrete with the body being aligned along the north-south axis,” avoiding east-west altogether. The dogs were observed in a free-roaming environment, meaning they were not leashed and not influenced by walls or roads that would influence linear movement.
Why do the dogs prefer the north-south axis and avoid east-west? That was unclear, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology.
Here’s the Frontiers in Zoology article, published in 2013:
Thanks to Roy Spencer for this link