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Experiments in dropping frozen meat [Apr. 8th, 2006|04:39 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Major's frienddog Shamus from next door is over. They've been playing hard for hours and are just starting to wind down.

I was upstairs getting something to drink and saw some cold groundbeef in the fridge. I got a bunch, ripped it into little dime-sized balls and started it dropping from the upstairs deck, two floors above them, down to the bottom deck.

At first they'd just hear/feel the thump and look around confused. Then they'd sniff a bit, wander around, and one of them would find it.

After 4 or so, they figured it out... thump meant meat, and they'd localize and eat it almost as soon as it hit ground. Incredibly fast reactions.

Then they started competing and it almost got a little nasty, so I decided to drop two at once, aiming one per dog. I yelled both their names, they looked up, I adjusted, then dropped....

The two pieces of meat hit the ground at the same time, one in front of each dog, and both dogs heard the dual-thump, flinched to jump, but neither moved: they were both confused by the double thump and couldn't localize it. Each had a piece of meat right in front of them, but it took them both 5 long seconds before they thought to resort to their old slow sniffing technique... then in parallel they both sniffed the same ways, and both ate their meat right at the same time.

Silly dogs.

[User Picture]From: xaosenkosmos
2006-04-09 12:00 am (UTC)
I assume this means Major is feeling better from a couple weeks ago?
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[User Picture]From: ymf
2006-04-09 01:25 am (UTC)
something up with their noses? d=
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-04-09 08:44 am (UTC)
It is very tiresome for a dog to use their noses, especially the breeds who aren't really good at it (compared to a bloodhound for example), so if they can use other senses they prefer to.

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[User Picture]From: ymf
2006-04-09 07:49 pm (UTC)
hmm never knew that. thanks!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-04-09 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Wikipedia comes through again. I blame you for the dozen tabs open in my browser now.
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[User Picture]From: janinedog
2006-04-09 02:52 am (UTC)
Ah, puppies. :D
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