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[–] [email protected] 1 points 2 months ago

I would assume it's because pooping is a very vulnerable moment, and they prefer to not face the sun and being blinded while doing so.

[–] [email protected] 12 points 2 months ago

Literally the shittiest compass ever

[–] [email protected] 21 points 2 months ago (1 children)
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[–] [email protected] 12 points 2 months ago

This is some real shit

[–] [email protected] 25 points 3 months ago (2 children)

I’m amazed. I am also amazed that someone was paid to observe dogs defecating in the wild.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 2 months ago

Someone asked to be paid to observe dogs defecating.

[–] [email protected] 5 points 2 months ago

Congratulations! You have now subscribed to #DogPoopPics!

[–] [email protected] 15 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Gonna start bringing a compass with me when walking my dogs now...

[–] [email protected] 8 points 3 months ago

Apparently we no longer need compasses. Just bring the dog out to the deck to figure out where we're going.

[–] [email protected] 11 points 3 months ago (2 children)

My pug used to shit right on top of rocks.

[–] [email protected] 5 points 3 months ago

My lagotto has an exquisite sense for art, he loves to place his work on the best possible pedestal. Sometimes it's a rock or something man-made that's sufficiently elevated and stands out, but he also sometimes plants his ass on top of a bush or a small tree.

[–] [email protected] 11 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Foxes are pretty notorious about that. You'll be hiking and have a gorgeous view and look down and a rock had a fox turd right on it

[–] [email protected] 7 points 3 months ago (1 children)
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[–] [email protected] 1 points 2 months ago

Look for the full clip

[–] [email protected] 182 points 3 months ago (2 children)

The article itself is over a decade old and based on questionable data gathering and a faulty analysis processes. If you read the article they published they essentially didn't find anything, determined without providing evidence that other factors couldn't be a determining factor, and then data-dredging when they could find anything statistically significant to match their hypothesis.

SkeptVet article explaining the findings in detail.

Basically it was just shitty science.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 2 months ago

I guess you could say the study was dogshit.

[–] [email protected] 7 points 2 months ago

I mean my dog could be an exception but she shits always in the direction we walk. No exceptions.

[–] [email protected] 14 points 3 months ago (2 children)

My 5 year old dog spins when she poos. Picking up her poo requires me to check the area she was in, as there are usually 3-4 spots it landed. But unleashed, she’s fine.The vet tells me this might be harness related. Something about the restraining leash and harness makes her spin.

But now I have a morbid curiosity to see if she starts north or south.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 2 months ago

Does she spin clockwise or counterclockwise, and does it change when you cross the equator? Important questions

[–] [email protected] 9 points 3 months ago (1 children)

My dog would walk around while pooping, with a weird gait that involved putting his back paws ahead of his front paws. I once saw another dog do a handstand to poop.

[–] [email protected] 6 points 3 months ago

I used to have a dog that would do a handstand to poop. He would find a tree and essentially walk up the tree with his hind legs then poop. People would literally stop in the street to watch him do it. Poop would roll down his back sometimes. It was so weird. Tried to get him to change, but no.

[–] [email protected] 54 points 3 months ago (2 children)

So when you're lost, just find a pooping dog to know where the North is. Or the south.

Wait this is useless.

[–] [email protected] 12 points 3 months ago

If you're not in a hurry (and you know which hemisphere you're in) you can make a sun compass to figure out whether the dog pooped north or south. Come to think of it, you can make a sun compass observing a pooping dog first.

[–] [email protected] 24 points 3 months ago (2 children)

I just got a new puppy and when she poops she starts facing one directing the turns 180 while pooping then scoots over to the side a bit to finish.
Is she broken? Should I do an RMA?

[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 months ago

Have you tried just restarting it?

[–] [email protected] 34 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago) (1 children)

Might just need to be calibrated, try turning her in a figure eight in front of you a few times before the next poop and see if she aligns.

[–] [email protected] 9 points 3 months ago

“Before” is the key word here. Trying to align a puppy during the poop is not recommended.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago

They really do want an Ig Nobel Prize.

[–] [email protected] 44 points 3 months ago (3 children)

I blame the sun. Dogs poop in the morning and evening when owners are not at work. The sun shines from the east and from the west during these hours. And I think they don't like facing the sun.

[–] [email protected] 11 points 3 months ago

Time of day is addressed in the study and

was not a reliable predictor of expression of alignment

They also mention that the presence of the sun is possibly likely to affect dogs less than humans - meaning that dogs might have less aversion to facing the sun.

Study is here: https://frontiersinzoology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1742-9994-10-80

[–] [email protected] 8 points 3 months ago

This doesn’t make sense. Why wouldn’t they orient west in the morning and east in the evening?

[–] [email protected] 14 points 3 months ago

My favorite explanation. Occam's razor, ladies and gentlemen.

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