Okay, here is something rather interesting that I came across today. Scientists have discovered that dogs will align their bodies with the Earth’s magnetic field before excretion. What is even more amazing is that the scientists actually observed over 5,000 pee breaks and over 1,800 defecations to come to this conclusion. Their findings suggest that when the magnetic field is stable, dogs will stand in-line with the North-South axis while avoiding the East-West axis. However, when the field varied slightly, dogs no longer copped-a-squat along the North-South axis.
Now I know why my dog has to pick just the right position before taking care of business.
So, does this eliminate the need for a compass on long walks with the dog??
Hart et al., Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth’s magnetic field. Frontiers in Zoology. 10:80, 2013. doi:10.1186/1742-9994-10-80