STATES CHRONICLE – A recent study done by the Virginia Tech College of Engineering proves that the way dogs drink is precise and effective.
If you are annoyed by your dog’s sloppy drinking habits, you should know that they actually hide an accurate and well-timed movement that improves the dog’s capability of ingesting water.
The researchers compared what they learned about dogs with what they knew from previous studies about cats and discovered that, contrary to expectations, the two animals’ approaches to drinking are quite different.
What differentiates them is that cats use a process called steady inertia, while dogs use unsteady inertia. But the result is similar in that for both animals the inertia leads to the formation of a column of water in their mouths.
Unsteady inertia is when the dog submerges its tongue in the water and then curls and lifts it downwards, towards the lower jaw. When it pulls the tongue back into its mouth, the water is released into the mouth in the form of a column. It also brings a bit of the water above its tongue.
It then closes its mouth so that it may fill it with water. Some of the water is pushed to the sides of its mouth while the rest falls out.
Cats, on the other hand, only touch the surface of the water with their tongue, they never dip it inside. And when they retreat it, they bring the water to the upper side of the mouth, forming a column. This process is called steady inertia.
That is why cats appear clean and precise, while dogs appear chaotic and all over the place.
These two animals cannot drink the way humans and other animals, like elephants and horses do because they are biting animals. This means that they have incomplete cheeks that cannot hold liquids.
Therefore, the dogs’ manner of drinking water is right on the spot and maximizes the amount of water they ingest. It is also very fast and efficient. So the next time you think about reprimanding your canine for being messy and untidy, think again.
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