It’s normal for dogs to sniff around. How about when dogs need to poop?
To find the right spot to poop, many dogs spend extra time sniffing which also includes lots of circling around. Why? They are trying to align with the Earth’s magnetic field. According to a new study recently published by Frontiers in Zoology, dogs choose to relieve themselves along a north-south axis in line with Earth’s magnetic field. Very interesting findings by a team of Czech and German scientists. They conducted their research by measuring body axis of 70 dogs of 37 breeds over a 2 year period.
“Dogs are sensitive to small variation of the Earth’s magnetic field.”
Do you agree on this study? Does this solve the mystery why dogs spin in circle before doing their poop business. What’s wrong with east-west axis that dogs prefer north-south axis? According to the study, “It is still enigmatic why the dogs do align at all, whether they do it “consciously” (i.e., whether the magnetic field is sensorial perceived (the dogs “see”, “hear” or “smell” the compass direction or perceive it as a haptic stimulus) or whether its reception is controlled on the vegetative level (they “feel better/more comfortable or worse/less comfortable” in a certain direction).“
In my case, I do admit on doing lots of sniffing and circling around before doing my doggy business. I have favorite spots on the back and front yards. My mom observed that I prefer the east-west in the backyard and north-south in the front yard. At the park, I’m very picky and I often go to the same spot which is north-south.
How about your dog?
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