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[-] aFaustianBargain 181 points 1 month ago

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] 7 points 1 month ago

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

[-] Ultraviolet 4 points 1 month ago

I guess you could say the study was dogshit.

[-] [email protected] 82 points 1 month ago

Studies like this have me confused.

How do we know they use the magnetic field, and don't just like... Look at the sun, or the shadows it casts.

[-] AnyOldName3 43 points 1 month ago

You can put magnets near dogs.

[-] Tier1BuildABear 27 points 1 month ago

There's also this thing called "indoors"

[-] [email protected] 20 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

I dont think there are many scenarios where a dog frequently shits inside a human dwelling. It is a valid point though, perhaps they tested that too (dogshit smells in an enclosed space, gotta envy those researchers)

[-] BassTurd 14 points 1 month ago

The text in the picture literally explains it's in a free roaming environment not influenced by walls or doors.

[-] Tier1BuildABear 2 points 1 month ago

Walls and doors don't stop existing when you walk outside lol, big buildings exist

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

And "clouds"

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[-] gmtom 5 points 1 month ago

Dogs still poop when they're inside

[-] agent_flounder 3 points 1 month ago

Dogs can poop at night...

[-] ignotum 61 points 1 month ago

"what do you do for work?"
"I watch dogs poop"

[-] KISSmyOSFeddit 11 points 1 month ago

Still more useful than most office jobs.

[-] agent_flounder 13 points 1 month ago

And less shit to deal with.

[-] AnUnusualRelic 54 points 1 month ago

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 1 month 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.

[-] humdrumgentleman 3 points 1 month ago

It works better with larger dogs. Then you can observe the shadow to determine East/West at the same time.

[-] kokesh 29 points 1 month ago

Don't know about that... I've got 54 dogs and they shit in all directions.

[-] [email protected] 33 points 1 month ago

Your house must fuckin stink mate

[-] Frozengyro 12 points 1 month ago

I think it's a farm at that point, and yea farms stink.

[-] kokesh 2 points 1 month ago

Not really, only 4b love inside. Those shit outside:)

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[-] [email protected] 28 points 1 month ago

If the study was re-attempted in-Doors with a mechanism to control the magnetic field, we could be able to verify that dogs are orienting by the magnetic field instead of, say, the position of the sun.

[-] WeeSheep 12 points 1 month ago

Or, like, have night mode exist on earth. One of these ideas should work.

[-] Sconrad122 10 points 1 month ago

New study suggests dogs capable of celestial navigation: "Columbus was a sucker for using an astrolabe when he could have just brought along a good boi and watched him shit"

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[-] ParabolicMotion 25 points 1 month ago

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

[-] unreasonabro 5 points 1 month ago

Congratulations! You have now subscribed to #DogPoopPics!

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

Someone asked to be paid to observe dogs defecating.

[-] sicarius 24 points 1 month ago

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] 34 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

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 1 month ago

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

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

Have you tried just restarting it?

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[-] [email protected] 15 points 1 month ago

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

[-] Buck 8 points 1 month ago

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

[-] Stupidmanager 14 points 1 month ago

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] 9 points 1 month ago

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.

[-] ickplant 6 points 1 month 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] 2 points 1 month ago

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

[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago

This is some real shit

[-] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago

Literally the shittiest compass ever

[-] [email protected] 10 points 1 month ago

My pug used to shit right on top of rocks.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 1 month ago

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] 4 points 1 month 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.

[-] Raykin 4 points 1 month ago

It's a called dumpass.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month 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.

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