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. . . why dogs are really picky about where they "do their thing," spending extra time to find that "special spot." If you're a dog lover like me, you'll get a kick out of the story, below.

 

 

Scientists discovered that dogs across a variety of breeds align their body axis with the Earth's magnetic field (MF) when relieving themselves

 

 

Talk about animal magnetism!

 

70 dogs out of 37 different breeds -- beagles and dachshunds and Yorkshire terriers, oh my! -- were observed going number two 1,893 times and number one 5,582 times over the course of a two-year period. And they preferred to excrete when their body was aligned along the north-south axis under calm MF conditions, according to a new report in the journal Frontiers in Zoology.

 

'Dogs not only prefer N-S direction, but at the same time they also avoid E-W direction.'

- Vlastimil Hart, a researcher with the Czech University of Life Sciences

 

This behavior did not occur under unstable conditions, according to the paper -- and why it happens at all is a mystery, too.

 

"It is still enigmatic why the dogs do align at all, whether they do it 'consciously' ... or whether its reception is controlled on the vegetative level (they 'feel better/more comfortable or worse/less comfortable' in a certain direction)," wrote researchers from the Department of Game Management and Wildlife Biology at the Czech University of Life Sciences in the Czech Republic and the zoology department at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

 

"Our analysis of the raw data ... indicates that dogs not only prefer N-S direction, but at the same time they also avoid E-W direction," they wrote.

 

This is the first time that magnetic sensitivity has been proven in dogs. But there are several other species that are also sensitive to the Earth's magnetic field, the researchers said, including foxes, cattle and deer.

 

A full report of this study can be found here.

 

The researchers said they were "inspired by our hitherto observations in other animals."

 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/01/02/scientists-discover-dogs-prefered-bathroom-position/

 

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That's funny. Wonder if that extends to cats and other animals as well?

 

Not sure, it does mention foxes, cattle and deer.

 

I just always thought it funny how my German Shepard sweats the details on finding the perfect spot. Now I find he's being guided by some sort of magnetic polar alignment. That's medieval.

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Not sure, it does mention foxes, cattle and deer.

 

I just always thought it funny how my German Shepard sweats the details on finding the perfect spot. Now I find he's being guided by some sort of magnetic polar alignment. That's medieval.

 

Lol I have a GS as well and she's pretty picky about her business too. Although that could be a trait of their breed cuz GS tend to picky with just about everything they do.

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I wanna know who decides they want to analyze how dogs poo for a living? And how much do they get paid?

 

It was the Germans.

 

They followed dogs around for two years. Can't you imagine what those dogs were thinking? "Finally, humans understand the importance of this!"

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