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Dog alignment to earth’s magnetic field
« on: January 03, 2014, 12:35:53 PM »

I was not aware that dogs are sensitive to the earth’s magnetic field.  I will have to watch my dog to see if he "not only prefer N-S direction, but at the same time they also avoid E-W direction" when doing his business.

Dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth's magnetic field

http://www.frontiersinzoology.com/content/pdf/1742-9994-10-80.pdf

Abstract

Introduction
Several mammalian species spontaneously align their body axis with respect to the Earth’s
magnetic field (MF) lines in diverse behavioral contexts. Magnetic alignment is a suitable
paradigm to scan for the occurrence of magnetosensitivity across animal taxa with the
heuristic potential to contribute to the understanding of the mechanism of magnetoreception
and identify further functions of magnetosensation apart from navigation. With this in mind
we searched for signs of magnetic alignment in dogs. We measured the direction of the body
axis in 70 dogs of 37 breeds during defecation (1,893 observations) and urination (5,582
observations) over a two-year period. After complete sampling, we sorted the data according
to the geomagnetic conditions prevailing during the respective sampling periods. Relative
declination and intensity changes of the MF during the respective dog walks were calculated
from daily magnetograms. Directional preferences of dogs under different MF conditions
were analyzed and tested by means of circular statistics.

Results
Dogs preferred to excrete with the body being aligned along the North–south axis under calm
MF conditions. This directional behavior was abolished under Unstable MF. The best
predictor of the behavioral switch was the rate of change in declination, i.e., polar orientation
of the MF.

Conclusions
It is for the first time that (a) magnetic sensitivity was proved in dogs, (b) a measurable,
predictable behavioral reaction upon natural MF fluctuations could be unambiguously proven
in a mammal, and (c) high sensitivity to small changes in polarity, rather than in intensity, of
MF was identified as biologically meaningful. Our findings open new horizons in
magnetoreception research. Since the MF is calm in only about 20 % of the daylight period,
our findings might provide an explanation why many magnetoreception experiments were
hardly replicable and why directional values of records in diverse observations are frequently
compromised by scatter.
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Re: Dog alignment to earth’s magnetic field
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2014, 01:41:16 PM »

I hope this wasn't my tax dollars at work.  :o
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Re: Dog alignment to earth’s magnetic field
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2014, 03:48:59 PM »

I've noticed subtle little different things like that on myself and going to have to monitor the MF to see if it is the root cause of why sometimes I prefer the North/South stage at Larry's over the East/West one. 

I let Sadie out several times a day and it appears random to her.....she does like to get her nose in wind direction, but hell, I think I do to come to think of it.
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Re: Dog alignment to earth’s magnetic field
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2014, 03:59:12 PM »

My dogs mostly align with faces facing the Koreans.

I think it is some kind of subconscious survival instinct.

I have to say they are nice people, good neighbors, but man do the dogs not trust them.
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2014, 04:07:57 PM »

I found the attached figure from the study amusing for some reason.  May be we could use it to track Fuzz at Larry's?
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Re: Dog alignment to earth’s magnetic field
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2014, 04:09:33 PM »

So who funded this critical research?
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Re: Dog alignment to earth’s magnetic field
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2014, 04:18:09 PM »

Study came out of Europe, but I am not sure the funding source.

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Re: Dog alignment to earth’s magnetic field
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2014, 05:39:45 PM »

Study came out of Europe, but I am not sure the funding source.

Probably our money in the form of foriegn aid.  Their people would have a shitfit for spending money on a study like this.   ;D

I found the attached figure from the study amusing for some reason.  May be we could use it to track Fuzz at Larry's?

What that would tell you is which stage the gal that mostly resembles Kim Kardashian is dancing on.
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Re: Dog alignment to earth’s magnetic field
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2014, 01:25:53 AM »

My dogs mostly align with faces facing the Koreans.

I think it is some kind of subconscious survival instinct.

I have to say they are nice people, good neighbors, but man do the dogs not trust them.

Don't homeland Koreans eat dogs?  Or is that the Chinese?
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Re: Dog alignment to earth’s magnetic field
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2014, 09:28:36 AM »

WHY DO DOGS WALK IN CIRCLES BEFORE THEY POOP?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIzLdjg6xSs
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Re: Dog alignment to earth’s magnetic field
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2014, 02:19:03 PM »

Interesting.  Cats seem to be non directional and always poop where I walk in the yard.  Nothing better than cat dung on your shoe when coming indoors.  Distinct smell.  Looks like carmel candy  Ain't carmel candy.... ;D
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Re: Dog alignment to earth’s magnetic field
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2014, 02:23:09 PM »

I remember years ago, reading in a National Geographic monthly that somewhere, cats are considered a delicacy and I distinctly remember pictures in the NG of cats ready to cook, hanging on a rope in some market and I thougt there were dogs too but then we are supposedly civilized here so we eat slimy beef instead....

or in my case, wild venison.
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