A scientific explanation has been offered which lies behind the canine sloppiness while drinking water. It appears to be the case that there is a method to the madness.
Dogs tend to be very clumsy when drinking water. They slurp and gulp the water in messy moves that make their owners rather disgusted. Well, the wait is over. Science has come to show why your mutt engages in such offbeat behavior while drinking water.
For one thing dogs cannot be trained to drink in an orderly manner. The conundrum lies in the fact that both dogs and cats are unable to hold the water in their mouths. So they lap away at the water in a sloppy manner.
The tongue is extended forward and then taken back in thereby taking a layer of water along with it. The moment the layer of water is about to re-enter its dish, the dog or cat snaps its mouth shut thereby capturing it in a most inefficient manner.
The effects were reported in a journal. Over 19 dogs were closely observed and caught on video camera. They ranged from a Yorkshire Terrier to a Great Dane.
Especially, the dogs made a big splash while lapping up the water. This was because the surface area of their tongue was far greater than that of the cats. And their fast retraction also played a role in the messy maneuver.
The sloppy setup is actually the best method a pooch can use in lapping up the water. It is not only efficient but saves up on time and effort. In the experiment high speed photography got used. The splashes are just a side effect. Otherwise the maneuver is micro-managed to the last few itsy bitsy details.
Some of the water ending up on the floor is to be expected. Mother Nature is very excessive in its proliferation drive to create all sorts of wastage and wanton redundancy in its creatures great and small.
Cats are less messy because they lightly graze the surface of the liquid. But dogs take a greater delight and seem to jump right into the process of lapping up the water like there is no tomorrow.
Whole models of the dogs’ tongues going into the water and then retreating with speed have been made. Science has once again proven that some things, though they may seem unnecessary to humans, seem to have a certain way of fitting into the general behavioral schemata of organisms.
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This study got published on December 14th in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.