Monday, June 07, 2010

How Do Dogs Perceive Time?

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Leave your house for five minutes or eight hours, and your dog will probably have the same wiggly response to your return. Do dogs sense the passing of time?

To understand how dogs perceive time, we first need to understand how humans perceive time. Arguably, each person experiences the passing of time in different ways at different times. Even though the experience of time is relative for every individual, all humans think about time in similar ways. For instance, our memories are inextricably tied to how we understand the passing of time. In turn, memory and prediction allow us to have a sense of continuity, personal history and self-awareness.

Do dogs and other animals have these same abilities? If you climbed inside a dog's mind, would you be presented with the memory of eating a raw hide bone earlier this morning? Read the next page to find out what it would feel like to be a dog.

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