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and dog pooping.  Thought you would never see these two thoughts stuck together, did you?

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Dogs use the Earth’s magnetic field when they’re relieving themselves. Not only that, but canines choose to do so in a north-south axis, a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Zoology says.

The study suggests that dogs are sensitive to small variations in Earth’s magnetic field. After examining 70 dogs — made up of 37 breeds — over two years, 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations, researchers found that under “calm magnetic field conditions,” dogs preferred to “excrete with the body being aligned along the north-south axis,” avoiding east-west altogether. Dogs were observed in a free-roaming environment, meaning they were not leashed and not influenced by walls or roads that would influence linear movement.

Frankly, I never really gave it much thought.  It is what it is.

It’s always fun to know that science verifies what one has always known.  Yes, dogs can become envious of affection lathered on another.  Even a stuffed animal can send a dog into attention envy.

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Over three quarters of the dogs were likely to push or touch the owner when they interacted with the decoy.

The envious mutts were more than three times as likely to do this for interactions with the stuffed dog compared to when their owners gave their attention to other objects including a book.

Around a third tried to get between the owner and the faux fido, while a quarter of the put-upon pooches snapped at the dummy dog.

“Our study suggests not only that dogs do engage in what appear to be jealous behaviours but also that they were seeking to break up the connection between the owner and a seeming rival,” said Prof Christine Harris from University of California in San Diego.

“We can’t really speak to the dogs’ subjective experiences, of course, but it looks as though they were motivated to protect an important social relationship.”

The researchers believe that the dogs understood that the stuffed dog was real. The authors cite the fact that 86% of the dogs sniffed the toy’s rear end, during and after the experiment.

Jealousy, according to the authors, may have evolved in species that have multiple dependent young that concurrently compete for food and affection.

The argue that jealousy might give an advantage to a young animal that is not only alert to the interactions between its siblings and its parents but is motivated to intervene.

“Many people have assumed that jealousy is a social construction of human beings – or that it’s an emotion specifically tied to sexual and romantic relationships,” said Prof Harris.

“Our results challenge these ideas, showing that animals besides ourselves display strong distress whenever a rival usurps a loved one’s affection.”

The research has been published in the journal, PLOS One.

My dogs and cats most definitely own me.  🙂

I love my three dogs.  I have had many throughout the course of my life.  They have always amazed me because they are smart.  They want to please me all the time.

The canine IQ test results are in: Even the average dog has the mental abilities of a 2-year-old child.

The finding is based on a language development test, revealing average dogs can learn 165 words (similar to a 2-year-old child), including signals and gestures, and dogs in the top 20 percent in intelligence can learn 250 words.

And the smartest?

Border collies, poodles, and German shepherds, in that order, says Stanley Coren, a canine expert and professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia. Those breeds have been created recently compared with other dog breeds and may be smarter in part because we’ve trained and bred them to be so, Coren said. The dogs at the top of the pack are on par with a 2.5-year-old.tgfcvg78zxqakb9nevxjcd-970-80

Babies as young as six months old can distinguish between friendly dog barks and threatening ones.
(Image: © Mark Philbrick/BYU.)
Life is sweeter because these creatures live with us.

Cats and Christmas.   Everyone gets that “someone is watching me” feeling.


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If you have a moment, visit The Dodo.

Isn’t nice to think that someone might actually give us a place to rest our weary heads when we become the “older” ones?

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Hank sure thinks so.

Kudos to The Ingham County Animal Shelter .    What a lovely example they set for all others to follow.

…Reading Paws and has seen an “overwhelming response” from the community.  Reading Paws is a program for children between the age of 6 and 16 to read to pets in the shelter.  ICACS said in a post on Facebook that the shelter environment can be overwhelming for many pets and they have found that reading to the animals there reduces anxiety and can create a calm space.

And best of all, the shelter pets are NOT judgmental.  If you have not noticed yet, I love all animals.  They don’t criticize poor pronunciation.  They just listen.  I wish more shelters would allow these activities.

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I understand that there are will always liability issues when making these arrangements.  I also know that it is well worth it.  Children and animals go hand in hand.  Bonus is that children learn to like to read.

Click here for their sign up link to be a part of the program or call 517-676-8311.

 

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