Did you ever witness your dog acting peculiar – staring off, looking at something you can’t see? I know I have! Can our dogs actually see what we can sometimes sense? Hmmm?
This topic got me going and once I’m onto something, I’m like a dog with a bone, pardon the pun!! I started researching what various animal professionals such as veterinarians (with logical & anatomical explanations), true believers (of course they can!), AKC (logical, yet room for personal opinions) think about the subject.
Let’s see which side you fall on after reading my article.
In addition to the five senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing) dogs possess a sixth sense – that “gut” feeling we get when something doesn’t feel right. The difference though is that dogs are more open to trusting what they feel and acting on those feelings – humans tend to analyze what’s going on. Dogs are remarkable creatures with senses that far exceed any human.
Dogs have the ability to detect impending disasters before they happen. With senses so keen, they can detect changes in barometric pressure, that’s thanks to their powerful sense of smell. A dog has over 220 million olfactory receptors in their nose, humans have 5 million.
The level of a dogs hearing also surpasses a human. Dogs possess the ability to hear higher pitched noises from a much greater distance. They have the ability to pick up on different and undetectable phenomenon’s that we do not. Dogs super-sensitive ears can typically pick up any sound frequencies between 67Hz and 45,000Hz. Humans can only hear about one-third the hearing range. For example, they can hear a neighbor vacuuming, a distant plane or a bird singing several houses away.
A dog’s field of vision is much wider than ours. They can see objects at a greater distance and their ability to see in twilight, dusk and dawn is far superior to ours. This makes it possible for them to pick up certain movements in dim lighting that are undetectable to the human eye. That head tilt and questioning expression may just be them not quite understanding what they’re looking at. We assume they see things the way we do, and even know what certain objects are, but do we really know what they see when they look at the vacuum cleaner?
Dr. Mary Burch, Director of the AKC Family Dog Program and a certified animal behaviorist states that, “If a dog stops and stands still at a given point in the house, the owner may later find that something had died there. If the dog is standing in a corner, barking at nothing visible, could it be that he senses something out of the ordinary? Or perhaps he stays close to an object that is associated with a deceased family member, maybe a favorite chair or side of the bed, as if that person is still present. Does he sense a spirit, or is it his highly sensitive nose picking up the person’s scent?
The writers at Wag! believe that dogs can pick up on energy which makes them adept at detecting ghosts and spirits. They believe that when a dog senses a ghost or spirit you will see a change in their behavior and actions. They also believe that the dog’s senses are so acute that they can tell the difference between good and bad spirits. They believe that when a dog senses a good ghost or spirit, some of the signs may include wagging his tail or raising its paw, or bark excitedly. He may run towards something as though in play even though you can’t see anything there. If the dog senses a bad spirit or ghost, the signs are likely to be very different. They may include tucking its tail, hair on neck and back raised, reluctance to go into a particular area or room or whining or snarling at something. The other thing to remember is that dogs are not opinionated and they do not lie – If a dog senses a ghost or spirit, it won’t sit and think to itself “I don’t believe in them.” It will simply react to what it hears, smells and senses.
So, whether their extraordinary senses are able to pick up on unknown forms, energies, or the paranormal continues to remain a mystery.
Have you ever had what you believe to be a paranormal incident with your dog? If so, I’d love to hear about it and possibly share it with our blog readers. Try to keep it to one paragraph. Forward it to: email@example.com – please put “Ghost blog” on the topic line.
I’ll get the ball rolling!!
Best Buddy Biscuits’ eerie story – we used to have a greyhound (Julie – aka Limestone Jewel). We kept her crate in our den – that was her private, secluded, safe space and she really loved it. After she passed away, we got rid of her crate. After some time, we got another greyhound, Angel. Her crate was put in a different place. But every time she stepped foot into the den, her hair would stand up and she would stop dead in her tracks, right in the doorway and she’d slowly back out and turn away. To this day, I swear her spirit is in her private space, still resenting anyone who dares enter through the den doors!!