As if dogs aren’t interesting enough, it has now been discovered that dogs have an ability to “read” magnetic fields. This magnetic field ability produces some interesting repetitive nature, particularly in the area of relieving themselves. The research found that when the magnetic field was stable, dogs consistently relieved themselves in a North or South direction and never faced East or West.
Neither the breed nor the size of the dog mattered at all when it came to the consistency of this action. Small dogs had the same magnetic sensory that the medium dogs did and the behavior was the same. What is interesting is that when the magnetic field is unstable, the dogs seem to lose their North to South preference and suddenly it doesn’t matter anymore where or what direction they relive themselves and their activity was random.
What is baffling scientists is WHY they do this. If it s a true sensing of the magnetic field why does it affect the direction in which they relive themselves? They don’t know yet but more studies will no doubt be done to see if more information can be ascertained.
Why is this important? The more basic level reason is that it could open up a lot more future research in biomagnetic research, indicating the effects of the magnetic field on organisms affect behavioral responses are much more than they originally might have thought. It is definitely another indication of how amazing dogs are as animals and how much we don’t know about them despite their years of domesticity.
Despite the fact that it has not been determined whether this is a conscious aligning or instinctual, the things that remain true are that it doesn’t matter what breed of dog it is, whether it is male or female, or how big or small the dog is. It also didn’t matter what time of day it was or what the weather conditions were. Human behaviors could affect the dog’s preferential spot to relieve themselves, but when no human influence was added into the equation the results were aligned with the fact that when the magnetic field was stable, facing North or South was the preferred and executed way.
There is so much that is still not known about animal behavior and scientists are fascinated with the new discoveries they are making when it comes to Man’s Best Friend. Whether it is automatic, instinctual or coincidental, the constant is that it is happening and scientists are anxious to try and discover the whys behind it to see if it can further additional research in other areas.
Other behavioral indications related to magnetic reading have not been as conclusive as the process of the dogs reliving themselves, which is why that particular indicator was used. At first even that was proving to be difficult until the scientists began to sort the data they were getting by what the prevailing magnetic conditions were at the times of the observations. It was once they started doing this that a definite pattern started emerging.
It is a fascinating thing to consider, even though a lot more work is yet to be done, but as scientists learn more, it will be interesting to see just how conscious, if at all, this behavior is.