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Does the dog have a sense of time?

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Are you wondering how your four-legged friend perceives the passage of time? The passing hours are essential to the dog, but your pet perceives them slightly differently than you might think. Interestingly, dogs perceive the passage of time intensely through their sense of smell.

Time plays an essential role in a dog’s life. Although your four-legged friend perceives passing minutes or hours differently, he can sense passing the time. One of the ways that a dog perceives the passage of time is the evaporation of the owner’s smell when he is not at home.

What you will learn from this article:

  • The passage of time matters to the dog
  • The dog perceives the passage of time, among other things, by smell
  • Dogs divide the passing time into short or long periods

The dog has a sense of time

How much do you know about your dog? When I think I know a lot about my four-legged friend, he suddenly learns something entirely new to me. Dogs are fascinating animals. If you want to learn more about your dog and other dogs, I would like to raise an exciting issue today: a dog’s sense of time.

Have you ever wondered how your dog perceives the passage of time? What role do the passing hours play in his life? I think this is a fascinating topic. As a dog sitter, I am sure you will also like it.

After all, time plays an unimaginably significant role in our lives. Without it, our everyday life would look completely different. We base many of our daily affairs on the passage of time. So does it matter as much to your four-legged friend?

The dog likes a steady rhythm of the day

There’s no denying that dogs like a steady daily routine. When your dog knows when it’s time to wake up, go for a morning walk, and have his first meal, he feels more secure and confident. I noticed my dog looked a bit nervous when I got up at a different time during the weekends and started my day later.

He tried to wake me up and get me out of bed earlier. When I got up, he was waiting by his bowl for breakfast, although during the week, we always start the day with a walk and then with food.

When I realized that changing the rhythm of the day on the weekend negatively affects his well-being, I decided to change my approach to weekends slightly.

Yes, I still sleep a little longer than during the week. However, this is a relatively small difference in time. For my dog, it is almost invisible, and what’s more, it does not negatively affect his daily routine.

The fact that dogs like and appreciate the day’s routine proves that time is not indifferent to them. Although they do not perceive it the same way we do, they can recognize when something does not occur according to the usual and well-known time pattern.

The dog feels bored

When a dog is left alone at home and does not have enough things at his disposal to make his free time more pleasant, he begins to get bored. Then the waiting time for the beloved guardian to return home begins to be very long. The dog starts to feel that he has had nothing to do for a long time.

Very often, during too long of boredom, the dog starts to mess up. As a result, he can gnaw on things in your home, such as shoes or furniture. The dog behaves this way because he wants too much free time.

That is another confirmation that time matters to your dog. Your four-legged friend feels the excess of free time in his life. He may even be overwhelmed because he has too much time to himself.

Dogs very often take naps to kill boredom. However, this is a good solution for only some of the day. If your pet spends many hours alone at home, then sleep will not be an exciting solution for him to spend time sooner or later.

a dog lying on the grey cushion

How does the dog perceive time?

You already know that for your dog, the passage of time is essential in life. He feels the passing hours and knows what awaits him at a given the time of day. But how exactly does a dog perceive the passage of time? I’m sure he’ll see it differently than you or I.

A short or long time slice

One of the ways that dogs perceive the passage of time is whether a given situation is long or short. If, for example, your absence at home lasts for a short time, the dog does not attach so much importance to it. When he has something to do and doesn’t get bored, the passing of time can be virtually unnoticeable.

However, in the case of a long absence, your dog begins to realize that he has been home alone for a long time. When all his dog activities become boring, he will feel that the period when you are absent is long.

In such situations, dogs often try to manage somehow the time they have in excess. They usually come up with ideas their owners don’t like, such as biting things and moving them from place to place.

If you’ve ever left your dog without any activity or time-waster, you’re probably familiar with this topic.

The dog senses the passage of time through his sense of smell

Your dog can identify the passage of time by smell. For me, this is something exciting and interesting. The dog feels how long his guardian is absent from the house through the gradual evaporation of his scent floating in the air.

As you know, our quadrupeds have a very well-developed sense of smell. It is through it that they primarily perceive the world around them. If you want to learn more about how the sense of smell in dogs works, I refer you to my other article. You can find it here: How does a dog perceive smells?

For your dog, your smell is something very characteristic and familiar to him. The dog can sense your presence, even if you are approaching home.

When you leave the house, the smell in the room is initially powerful. Your dog senses it strongly. As time passes, it is evident that this fragrance begins to fade gradually. Your dog knows this; he feels it with his sense of smell.

The dog’s brain can connect the fading scent with your absence. Your dog knows that since it’s having more and more trouble picking up your scent in the air, it means it’s been a long time since you left.

For this reason, dogs often, wanting to smell their beloved guardian more intensely, bring his things to their bed. When I leave the house and am away for too long, my dog ​​often jumps on my bed and falls asleep there. As you can probably guess, this is a place where my scent is very intense.

I used to wonder why my dog ​​brought my things to his lair in my absence. He didn’t destroy them, so that was surprising to me. Now I know he wanted my scent close to him.

a small dog on the cushion

The passage of time in a dog’s life

Time is an inseparable element of our lives. As it turns out, it is also essential for our four-legged friends. Although he perceives the passing hours differently, it is also an important issue.

How do you think your dog perceives the passage of time? Do you think he pays attention to it or is relatively indifferent? Please share your opinion with me in the comments.

If you have any questions or want me to discuss a topic in the next post, share it in the comments section.

Author: Klaudia, great dog lover

The dog by my side teaches me to enjoy every moment and to perceive each subsequent day as a chance for a new, wonderful adventure. While looking for my soul mate, I found it in a dog's wise eyes.

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