Rigorous Study of Doggy Doo Results in Eye-Opening Discovery

dogPet owners, one of the great mysteries of dog-hood has finally been answered. You know how dogs will do that little dance of going around in a circle before they settle down to do their business? Well, scientists spent a LOT of time following around dogs and watching them relieve themselves to find out what that dance is all about. In my next life, I will follow around scientists to find out why they study things like dogs pooing. But I digress. My point is, we now know why dogs doo like they do.

Dogs like to align their bodies along a north-south axis whenever they pee or poo. I am dead serious: This is the profound discovery about dogs. They have some sort of internal magnetic compass that compels them to orient their bodies a certain way before they crap all over your flowers, much like the compass that helps birds migrate to the same location year after year. Now, I ask you. What do we do with this information?

Is it me, or does this sound like proof that dogs are from outer space? I'm just saying. Besides that, I guess it means we should be a little more patient with dogs when they insist on doing that pre-pee dance. They're not necessarily crazy. They're just aligning their fecal chakras or something. 

What I find most perplexing is why dogs need to do this. What about a north-south alignment is necessary for voiding their bowels? Isn't that a weird connection? I don't know... maybe not. We humans often need certain requirements before we can relieve ourselves. Still, I dunno. Dogs. So simple and yet so mysterious.

Have you noticed your dog "orienting" itself before doing its business?


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teddy... teddysmama09

I can't help but think of all the better ways the money used for this study could have been spent.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

My dog's compass must be off. She does the little dance every single time, but she's always pointing in a different direction. (In the same yard...) Am I missing something? Or am I calling BS? O.o

adamat34 adamat34

How many diseases could we have started researching with this why.do dogs shit where they do money? And people also ask why poverty is such a problem....holy cow

Amakenr Amakenr

@EvalynCarnate - The original article stated that not all dogs do this. Apparently only certain breeds do this or something.

nonmember avatar Misha

Funny they used a pug picture as my pug spins and spins and spins before pooping. My Lab does too but not as many turns as my pugs. Now thinking they usually have heads facing south and rumps facing north

missy... missybest

You want us to respond to this absurd article?  Please!  You may be a fool to write such an article, don't think we will be the fools to discuss it.  Wow!  Just wow!

Green... GreenEyesMom

LMAO! This chick. She said, "Fecal Chakra". **Anyways I don't remember much of our dog, it was a long long time ago.**

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