Can your dog REALLY tell the time?
Do our dogs really have the ability to tell the time?
Why are some dogs waking up their owners at the same time every day? How do you know exactly when it’s time to eat or go for a walk? Can they really sense when a family member comes home? The answer is yes.
Not only are man’s best friends creatures of habit, but they also have the ability to know when to do certain things.
One of the references dogs need to know what time it is are day and night cycles, which are reflected in changes in light intensity and temperature. However, their bodies have other mechanisms for quantifying the passage of time, as explained by National Geographic, and one of them is in their nose – which actually behaves like a real clock.
Dogs’ sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger than humans’, allowing them to detect changes in the environment that people aren’t even aware of from a distance. With this highly developed sense, they can pick up the unique smell of each individual, thanks to the particles that detach from the skin and remain in the air.
Although this aroma fades over time, dogs can pick up these particles through their noses, which are able to calculate the concentration of the particles. This allows them, for example, to understand when someone has left the house and, in the case of household members following regular schedules, when they will return.
In addition, it must be taken into account that the odors in a room move throughout the day due to currents and movements of hot and cold air. This allows dogs to “sense the time”. These cycles allow them to know how many hours have passed since a certain activity and to anticipate when it is time to repeat it or perform another one.
In addition, dogs are great observers and although this is not strictly related to the passing of the hours, it allows them to anticipate what event is about to happen. So facial expressions or gestures let man’s best friend know what’s going to happen next, like a bath, a walk, or a meal.
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