Dogs Align With Magnetic Field When Doing Their Business
A new study says dogs prefer to align their bodies along the North-south axis when relieving themselves.By Candice Aviles | January 2, 2014
Who knew so much thought went into using the bathroom. A new study suggests dogs may take their time finding the right spot to relieve themselves because they're busy aligning themselves with the Earth’s magnetic field.
For two years, scientists analyzed more than 70 dogs from 37 breeds. After observing the dogs relieving themselves about 7,000 times — surely a delightful job — they noticed dogs prefer to align their bodies along the north-south axis while using the bathroom when magnetic field conditions are calm. (Via YouTube / John Scalzi, YouTube / CrazyFunnyStuffCFS)
Now before you go testing this study, a writer for CNET says the Earth’s magnetic field is only calm for about 20 percent of daylight period so don’t get your hopes up on seeing this effect yourself.