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Posted: 09/07/20 06:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is an interesting read. Later I’ll share a story from herding that might be related.

Magnetic alignment enhances homing efficiency of hunting dogs
DOI: 10.7554/eLife.55080

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Despite anecdotal reports of the astonishing homing abilities in dogs, their homing strategies are not fully understood. We equipped 27 hunting dogs with GPS collars and action cams, let them freely roam in forested areas, and analyzed components of homing in over 600 trials. When returning to the owner (homewards), dogs either followed their outbound track (‘tracking’) or used a novel route (‘scouting’). The inbound track during scouting started mostly with a short (about 20 m) run along the north-south geomagnetic axis, irrespective of the actual direction homewards. Performing such a ‘compass run’ significantly increased homing efficiency. We propose that this run is instrumental for bringing the mental map into register with the magnetic compass and to establish the heading of the animal.


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Posted: 09/07/20 07:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just slightly off topic but there was a TV story recently about a cat that found its way from Pennsylvania to Colorado to find its owners after they had left the cat with friends prior to their move west.


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Posted: 09/07/20 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

YES...most definitely

After exploring the local area Maggie our BC/Lab within 2 miles of whatever CG we were at would sit up very attentive and become more anxious closer we got to 'home'
FTng we changed locations weekly/bi-monthly and it was same reaction regardless of where we were.

Our current BC/Beagle does same thing when we get to turn off that leads to our neighborhood where S&B is located and he is partially blind

YES...they have built in GPS


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Apparently they do, there have been many of them that have found their way home from miles and miles away.

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I wouldn't be surprised. Many animals have some sort of GPS, think migrating birds, butterflies.

I saw a paper several years ago that theorized that dogs orient when defecating, I don't remember the compass heading [emoticon]. I didn't believe it, it seems that local environment and wind direction would have a greater influence. The things people study...


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dturm wrote:

The things people study...

And they probably got a major government grant to study it.. [emoticon]

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Mine knows places he's been before. He always knows which way to the camper when out walking and he's done, he heads back home.


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Posted: 09/07/20 03:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think all animals have a sense of direction. Some pay attention more than others.


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Posted: 09/07/20 06:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I swear that my dog has a hidden paw watch. Within minutes of 6:00 PM which is feeding time, she comes and sits in front of me to remind me.


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Our previous dog, Lexie, was a Miniature Schnauzer. The first time we went to see our son's new place about 100 miles from our home she was with us laying in the back seat of the car. Every time thereafter that we went to see him she would start to get excited as soon as we got within 3-4 miles of his house.She knew she would see him soon. Yes they have a gps in their brain.


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