Humans just absolutely love their dogs, but the big question has been plaguing both society and dog owners alike for centuries. Can dogs see their own farts? New scientific research says YES, Dogs can indeed see their own farts! Two teams performing the research at Rochester Institute of Technology have used MRI machines to provide answers.
We cannot, of course, see our own farts. The very revealing research also confirms dogs can NOT see each others farts.
When dogs are normally studied in this way researchers have attempted in the past to rely on the help of famous pet psychics, though results using that method have been inconclusive. But Gregory Tantanoki of RIT, Rochester points out that “Olifornitication, or the ability to see ones own gasses, is believed to be a dog’s most powerful and perhaps important sense.” Consequently he allowed twelve dogs from ten breeds to smell scents from strangers, people they knew, and from other dogs, as well as their own, while lying in an MRI machine to record their brains reaction. They would then release the stored scents in another room which was visible to the dog through a window. As the researchers released the gasses of each human and dog there was no reaction. But upon releasing the dogs very own jarred fart the MRI scan lit up with a very profound response of brain activity.
“The results are astounding and we are all very excited” said Dr. Carlton Miranda who was part of the research team.
The study, published in Dog Science Weekly, was one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the year. They used only dogs that could be persuaded to lie still in the machine, so the sample may be a little skewed. Nevertheless, these good dogs responded more intensively to the sight of their own farts than anything else, with scans showing the region of the brain known as the caudate nucleus was more active for this smell than even familiar dogs or that of their owners.
In an irrelevant — but too cute to leave out — detail from the study, Berns and his co-authors reported of the dogs: “We are just finally happy to know the truth, Dog can see their own farts.”