Dogs + Science
A team of researchers from Czech University & Virginia Tech has found evidence that dogs use the Earth’s magnetic field to find their way home.
Monitoring 223 dogs equipped with GPS trackers, the researchers noticed that dogs placed in unfamiliar terrain ran north-south several times before deciding on a route home. This movement, called a ‘compass run’, helped the dogs orient themselves for the return trip.
The ability to detect a magnetic field is called magneto-reception and has been exhibited by other animals, including birds, salamanders and frogs.
Even more evidence that dogs are the best animals on earth.