While researchers continue their quest to discover cures and preventative measures for cancer and Alzheimer’s, scientists in Europe recently uncovered some groundbreaking findings and revealed them in a new study appearing in the publication, Frontiers in Zoology.
A 2-year study conducted by researchers from the Czech University of Life Sciences and the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany determined that dogs in the act of “doing their business” align themselves along the north-south axis when magnetic field conditions are calm.
Pointers and setters, anyone?
The study involved 70 dogs representing 37 breeds. Researchers recorded 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations in a “free-roaming environment,” in which dogs were not leashed or influenced by things such as fences, pickup truck tires, cow patties or the expensive hunting jacket you left on the ground.
When defecating, dogs align themselves along the north-south axis when magnetic field (MF) conditions are calm, the research concluded. And for urination preferences—male dogs like the north-west angle, and female dogs tend to pee on a north-south axis.
Why should we care?
Well, in their infinite wisdom, the geeks who spent 2 YEARS watching dogs pee and poop contend it’s the first scientific proof that dogs—along with other mammals including cows, wolves and foxes—have an electromagnetic sensitivity.
“Natural fluctuations of the earth’s magnetic field previously have been suggested to disturb orientation in birds, bees and whales, and even to affect vegetative functions and behavior in humans,” the researchers wrote in the Frontiers in Zoology report. “In this study, we provide the first clear and simply measurable evidence for influence of geomagnetic field variations on mammal behavior.”
“Furthermore, it is the first demonstration of the effect of the shift of declination (polarity), which has to our knowledge never been investigated before,” they wrote. “Previous studies of the effect focused mainly on the variations in field intensity.”
The scientists believe their findings open new horizons for research on the influence of magnetic fields on the behavior of all living organisms.