News flash! Dogs poop in alignment with Earth’s magnetic field

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.

See entire article:
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/dogs-poop-in-alignment-with-earths-magnetic-field-study-finds.

Here’s the Frontiers in  Zoology article, published in 2013:
https://frontiersinzoology.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/1742-9994-10-80

Thanks to Roy Spencer for this link


25 thoughts on “News flash! Dogs poop in alignment with Earth’s magnetic field”

  1. Well, this clears up one of life’s minor but persistent mysteries for me. I have never understood why my dogs pass up perfectly good places to poop when I am walking them. I realized the pertinent factors were beyond the scope of my senses, but never thought of magnetic poles.
    Thanks. It’s good to have at least one mystery partially cleared up, but what’s going to happen if we end up with 4 poles?

    • … so the bed shall be placed in north-south direction and you can sleep with south-facing head and north-facing feet to avoid geomagnetic interference.

      That’s ancient advice Drama Queen Lama Lassie. Compasses, cooling rocks, birds, bees and even iron blooded female dogs get in alignment all the time in the Electroverse. Suggest looking up insouciant and then try to get in alignment.

      Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance. —ALBERT EINSTEIN

  2. … so the bed shall be placed in north-south direction and you can sleep with south-facing head and north-facing feet to avoid geomagnetic interference.

    Hey Drama Queen Lama Lassie, that’s ancient advice – unless you think you are smarter than nature, a female dog or the Electroverse. Maybe try it yourself and then look up insouciant. Compasses, cooling rocks, birds, bees and even iron blooded Lassies get in alignment all the time. Am I starting to sound like Tony Heller already?

    Einstein: “Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance”

  3. I just got back in from walking my dog. He was pointed South when he dropped his steamer. More evidence of this theory than the “climate crisis”.

  4. Many animals aline themselves in such a way.Cows and sheep when photoed from above can be seen in alignment.

  5. Is it April 1st today or January 11th?

    On a more serious note, how will dogs cope with the upcoming magnetic reversal?

    • My dog spins in circles before he relieves himself, so he probably is the causal factor for the magnetic poles shifting…the butterfly effect you know.

  6. Ive had dogs for 40+yrs
    never less than two and mostly 4 to 6
    and theyre big dogs with big poop
    easy to see;-)
    as is the direction they face to crap
    and the study is the largest load seen today(though its an old one)
    3 of my present 6 always face east/west
    and everyone has a “spot” of their own
    the other 3 poop further away on fencelines so Im unsure on theirs.
    my area has VERY high ironstone and attracts lightning often so its pretty well magnetised;-)

  7. @Deb:

    Lots of small poo piles?

    @Drama Lama:

    Maybe so, maybe not.. My dogs do a curious circling the target thing when off leash, sort of prance stepping, sniffing for the poo place, then tend to do the deed mostly nose pointing north. What is not clear is if this is magnetic or just facing away from sun angles. East & west morning & night, south winter mid day.

    Don’t know how you would control for dogs not liking sun in their eyes during the “go”.

  8. if I do the same research / study but instead of dogs, I’ll do it with slugs … can I get a PhD or maybe a Nobel Prize…with this? Wow! Kkk

  9. This brings up several questions for me… What’s it mean when my dog poops on an old pier post at the beach… why do some dogs hold a toy in their mouth while pooping… why do most dogs eat poop… what does it mean when they poop in a coiled mountain… How did anyone get funding for this research?????

  10. It makes perfect sense as far as the pooping goes. In a North/South alignment the anus will not be exposed to direct sunlight, at least during summer months when the sun is at its most intense, therefor limiting the chance of sunburn. I don’t know about you, but that would only happen to me once before I started to align my pooping along said axis

  11. I’ve never owned a dog, but perhaps some of you have an answer to a dog poop question that has plagued me for over 50 years.

    When I was in junior high, walking to visit a friend… I saw a dog poop out a turquoise colored turd. I poked at it with a stick, it felt “plasticy”… any idea what THAT was about?? Did the poor thing get into some rat poison or something?

  12. My dog has aligned his “business” in a mine field not far from the house. They are kinda like dots and dashes resembling morse code. Will have to attempt to decipher this…. He may be sending me a message….

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