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Features March 2014 Issue

A Dog’s Inner Compass

New evidence that dogs intuitively distinguish north/south from east/west.

We’d put it more in the category of “human interest” than “important scientific finding about dogs,” but in an unlikely research project, German and Czechoslovakian researchers have discovered what they say is a correlation between how dogs position themselves when doing their “business” and the Earth’s magnetic field. That is, they appear to show a preference for aligning their bodies with the north-south axis when relieving themselves. …

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