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    Our tax dollars at work, I wonder if human testing starts this summer?

    http://www.nbcnews.com/science/do-do...ons-2D11849668

    Did some field testing with our dog, his nose bearings were all between 175 and 195. New, unfamiliar field, all days were cloudy and cold, I doubt the sun was a factor.

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    I saw a funny piece on this yesterday.. That's funny that you tested it out on your dog.. sounds like if you use his pooping compass for directions when lost in the woods, you may be Ok for a general idea, but have some problems, if you need really accurate.. Your dog is a close but not perfectly accurate compass..

    Don't know if it's our tax dollars at work.. My clip states that it was a study out of Germany.. Maybe someone in the US will have to recreate the study to confirm it?? Of course, you and a few other dog owners can save them by just emailing them your results.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-s...s-105683011723



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    • #3
      Probably better off to simply train the dog to return home. They more likely can find the right way than us due to their noses. Of course, they may be drawn off by the scent of pooh along the way.

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      • #4
        just goes to show ya... Ain't just the American Scientist discovering new things

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        • #5
          No wonder dogs will spin round and round getting ready to poop. They are just trying to orient themselves.

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          • #6
            Hmmm, if there is a large electrical generator nearby to the East or West which will be accurate - a compass or my pooping dog?

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            • #7
              Wouldn't it be more weight efficient to just carry a compass yourself instead of all the extra dogfood you're gonna need to get a second and third bearing?

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              • thunderbolt
                thunderbolt commented
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                Naw make the dog pack there own food!

            • #8
              If there was a large electrical generator nearby, you wouldn't be lost. At least, you wouldn't be lost for long after the emergency repair crew comes by.

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              • #9
                My dog has a software compass, he has to walk while he poops to get a good bearing.

                I once saw a demonstration while standing directly on the equator that suggested that your balance is a bit worse there. And maybe it was a bit worse. Anyway, if dogs can sense electrical fields the way dolphins do, then who knows.
                Last edited by MattR; 01-09-2014, 12:55 PM.

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                • #10
                  When Lost I prefer to just put a Leash on my Homing Pigeon

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                  • #11
                    I would expect dogs to align with Sirius, not Polaris.

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