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    Dogs Decide Where to Poop Based on Earth's Magnetic Field

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    Watch where you’re walking! If it’s on the North South axis of the Earth’s magnetic field, you might be more likely to step in dog doo.

    Watch where you’re walking! If it’s on the North South axis of the Earth’s magnetic field, you might be more likely to step in dog doo.

    According to a study from researchers in Germany and the Czech Republic, when dogs are looking for a place to poop, they align themselves with the Earth’s magnetic field before doing their business.

    The study lasted two years, during which time the researchers looked at nearly 2 thousand dog poops from 70 different dogs.

    They eliminated several factors that could influence the dogs’ preferred locations, like the wind, the angle of the sun and the time of day.

    The dogs were kept off leash and allowed to find their own place to defecate, and they often chose the North South axis of the Earth’s magnetic field, and reportedly avoided the East West axis.

    Researchers aren’t sure of the reason behind the orientation, but they noted that when there was instability in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by a shift in the sun’s magnetic field and solar winds,, the dogs didn’t stick with the pattern and ignored the North South axis.