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What is 'trancing' and why does it make my dog act so weird around plants?

Some dogs are secret ghost-walkers.

A Spanish greyhound trances under a curtain and plant, much to the confusion of a fellow greyhound.

Caroline Coile’s dog was behaving strangely. Her Saluki, a slender sighthound named Bibi, kept sneaking into the closet. Inside the dark, enclosed space, Bibi—normally a sprightly dog—slunk around in excruciatingly slow circles as Coile’s hanging clothes dragged delicately across her back.

Coile—a researcher specializing in canine genetics and behavior at

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