Dogs Have a Butt Compass, Poop Facing N/S Pole
For the first time, scientists have shown that dogs are sensitive to Earth's magnetic forces.
June 21, 2012 -
These dogs were part of the Loews Dog Surfing Competition at Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego on June 16. More than 50 dogs participated as thousands of fans watched the event. Ricochet, a golden retriever, who won in the large dog category.
VIDEO: The Dogs in Action
Dog surfing trainers say the dogs who like the water and the beach are in the sport and that dogs who fear the water are not even trainable.
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The dogs are judged on their confidence, length of ride and fashion, according to judge Teevan McManus.
If dogs are enthusiastic about the sport, are in good health and are monitored very carefully with safety in mind, the Humane Society gives the sport a thumbs up.
Once canines are comfortable on the surfboards they are taken out onto the water and trainers hold the boards while letting the dogs feel the rhythm of the water
Owners should first have their dogs checked out thoroughly by a veterinarian to make sure the pets are healthy enough to withstand the activity, experts say.
It's all starting to make sense. For years I wondered why my dog spins in a circle before depositing her daily double. But now I think I have a clue as to why. Scientists at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague have found that, like other animals, dogs are sensitive to Earth's magnetism.
Dogs prefer to do their duty with their bodies aligned along the north-south axis, particularly under calm magnetic field conditions, report Hynek Burda, et al. in a study published in the Frontiers of Zoology. The field can fluctuate and I can't help but wonder if it's on those unstable days that my dog circles round and round like a housefly on a windowsill.
The scientists came to their conclusion after measuring the direction of the body axes of 70 dogs, representing 37 different breeds, as they were making a deposit — the dogs, not the scientists. The researchers observed both number ones and number twos over a two-year period.
After sorting the data according to the geomagnetic conditions, among other technical variables, the team concluded that dogs were predictably sensitive to Earth magnetism and showed sensitivity to changes in polarity, rather than intensity of the magnetic field.
Next time your dog poops, take note of the direction and report back.