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Dogs Have a Directional Poopy Preference
By Melissa Turner
Anyone who walks his or her dog every day knows the joy of accomplishment after shivering in the cold, waiting in the rain or baking in the hot sun while Max or Mindy finds just the right spot to take care of business. Just in case any of these poor souls thought the beloved pet was being difficult, recent studies have shown that just the right place for making poopy is not only important, but extremely compelling to the pooch. As it turns out, dogs may need to align their back ends with the earth’s gravitational pull to get the best results.
Although more studies may be needed—if anyone is so inclined—a team of German and Czech scientists watched and studied dogs pooping for two years. The scientists discovered that dogs actually prefer to line up their butts in a north and south direction rather than facing east and west. It seems dogs can sense even a small variation in the planet’s magnetic field, and when earth’s electromagnetic pull is calm, dogs will line their backsides in a north-south direction and actually avoid an east-west position.
Even though the scientists spent considerable time studying how they poop, they did not discover why dogs prefer the north and south direction. Still to be determined is whether they are conscious of the magnetic field, if they know by sensory perception, or if it just feels more comfortable when aligned within a certain direction. It remains a mystery if dogs smell, hear or see the magnetic direction or if some other factor is involved.
Many people have read or heard about accounts of dogs finding their way home over many miles after having been lost or abandoned. All of this points to their amazing navigational ability. In other words, they are living, breathing four-legged compasses. This fact was confirmed by the poopy study led by German zoologist, Hynek Burda, of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
The scientific team studied 70 dogs from 37 different breeds for a two-year period. As they watched the dogs they factored in the position of the sun, the time of day, direction of the wind and the variations of the earth’s magnetic field. They concluded that on some level, dogs are aware of the directional pull of the earth’s magnetic force, and this causes them to prefer a north-south direction for taking care of business.
For some, dogs having a sixth sense in certain areas is no surprise. Others cannot fathom why they should care, and think such studies just waste time and money. In actuality, this is valuable research as scientists are just beginning to learn animals’ roles on the planet and how it affects or helps humans. For instance, underneath the admiration or disdain for such studies lies the discovery of dogs’ abilities to assist humans with their extraordinary sense of smell that can detect anything from an impending seizure to dangerous blood sugar levels, presence of allergens or cancer too small to be found by medical means. Many of these fantastic abilities were discovered and proven by scientific studies.
So next time your canine friend and companion turns around and around in a circle to find a place for pee-pee or poopy, while you wait, instead of hurrying or criticizing your pooch, consider yourself honored to be taught something about lining up with the planet and going with the flow—so to speak.
So, you know that I love dog-themed jewelry. I’ve blogged about it a few times and shown you some of my favorite Pinterest and Etsy finds.
Being that I love dog-themed jewelry, I was thrilled when I heard about Sunny Side Design and even more thrilled when Angel, the creative mind behind Sunny Side Design, offered to send me my very own custom Rescue Me Charm Bracelet.
The Rescue Me Charm Bracelet is a delicate sterling silver bracelet that’s totally customizable. When you order the bracelet, you get four charms of your choosing.
The first, and, in my opinion, most adorable charm, is the “rescued by” dog tag.
It doesn’t get much cuter than that.
In addition to the “rescued by” dog tag, you can choose one 1/2″ charm of either a dog or cat (#s 6 and 7 below).
(Or, if you’re like me, you can march to the beat of your own drum and opt not to get a 1/2″ charm…)
And then, also included in your purchase are two 3/8″ charms of your choosing (#s 1-5 above and 8 and 9 below).
I have a weird hang up about wearing dog-themed jewelry with dogs that don’t look like Teton, so that’s why I opted not to get the 1/2″ dog charm. Instead I chose the paw print, heart, and bone.
I couldn’t be happier with my Rescue Me Charm Bracelet. I love that it’s light and delicate but unique and subtle. It’s the type of thing you can wear every day and a great conversation piece.
Sunny Side Design also offers a Rescue Me Charm Necklace that’s just as awesome as the bracelet. Bracelet…necklace…whatever floats your boat! They’re both made with great care and of quality materials by someone who loves her dog as much as you love yours. Bonus? A portion of the proceeds from Sunny Side Design purchases is donated to animal rescue organizations. Love that.
Thank you to Angel at Sunny Side Design for my beautiful bracelet! Head on over to her Etsy shop and Facebook page and give ‘em some love.
I don’t know how I could have missed Brat & Suzie. This brand is adorable and I must have every item in their line.
You can imagine my heartbreak when I found out that they are based out of London. But, after some sleuthin’ I found out that Asos carries a few of their tops. Too bad they don’t have my favorite, the Hippy Dog Burnout Tee.
I mean! Do you see this thing?!?!
And, I know it’s not a dog, but…but…
It’s a donkey! In rain boots! With an umbrella!
Ok, so enough of that adorableness and on to some more fun little items.
Check out this sweet necklace that I’ve been eying for the last few days.
How was your Labor Day weekend? After enjoying the sun all weekend we went for a nice, long walk to the beach on Monday morning.
We rounded out the day by gettin’ down on some ribs at my parent’s house.
Teton supervised. He received none percent of said ribs. :-)
I’m not ready for summer to be over. It’s still sunny and warm ’round these parts and I am just fine with that! Teton, on the other hand, has definitely been feeling the heat.
Does anyone else have a dog who sleeps with their tongue out? It’s ridiculous! I used to make fun of Teton (ok, who am I kidding – I still do) for always having his tongue out but then I read somewhere that dogs do that to help regulate their body temperature. Not so dumb after all.
He sure looks special.
Here’s another great shot of him being special.
Last weekend I stopped by Petco to pick up Teton’s food and as I turned the corner to walk toward the food aisle I saw this…
And the skies opened and the stars aligned and trumpets rang out in jubilation.