How many times does your special pup let you know that a thunderstorm is coming long before you ever hear or sense it coming? How many times has your dog gone running to the door without you hearing anyone approaching, or even see them coming up the long driveway?
Science hasn't figured out a way to actually figure out some of these things for certain. But... we do know that our dogs' senses are, in most cases, much greater than our own. For instance, our dogs' ears hear things a minimum of four times more than we do. Their sense of smell is thousands of times better than ours! Whoo! And it's very evident that our precious, smart four-legged companions are extremely aware of everything around them. Hence, our special dog is the smartest dog EVER! Sometimes, it seems as if they might even be smarter, or at least more aware of things than we are.
Dogs have the ability to smell the change in a person with diabetes whose blood sugar reaches dangerous levels. Cancer-sniffing dogs detect the specific scent that cancer cells emit. A person about to have a seizure is suspected, as well, to have a change in their personal scent, and even pregnant women have hormonal changes that change the way they smell. Dogs are known to recognize and give an alert to an episode with PTSD or extreme anxiety. I imagine the list is longer than we humans fully realize.
Some dog parents have reported situations when their pup has warned them of impending dangerous people. Again, aggressive people give off pheromones that dogs' noses can smell and then react with protectiveness of their special human. Their instincts are to keep their family safe from harm.
Our wonderful canine companions are quite in-tune with the forecast or weather. They easily undoubtedly detect “the drop in barometric pressure and the shift in the static electric field that comes prior to climate changes.” This may occur long before we see changes in the clouds or the rain begins to fall. Dogs who seek a dark, safe corner because of their fear of thunder are especially alert sounders for us as they exhibit anxiety through whining, whimpering, shaking, panting, salivating, or hunting out their sheltered spot to hide.
For me, what's most intriguing is my pups' ability to tell time. Well, maybe not literally read the clock but definitely have set schedules that I can set my watch! Judea comes to me when it's time for our walk - 11:00 AM. She seeks me out exactly at noon for her lunch snack and pesters me for dinner on the dot of 5:00 PM. And, Clarence used to let me know when it was time to wake up in the morning by giving me lots of wet, puppy kisses or go to bed at night by barking at the bedroom door.
Our question for you today is: What kinds of things does your precious dog or dogs sense before you do? What do they alert you to happening? Please let us know by writing to us in the boxes below! We look forward to hearing from you! Tell us about it in the comments below!