At times I think they do. I swear my dogs know when I'm about to let them out or leave. When I go on vacation I don't even have to have a suitcase out yet and they get all moppy. They will get all exicted about 10 mins before my husband will get home from work,(no he never gets home at the same time of day) So what do you think? Do you think they know what you are thinking?
i don't think it is so much of ESP as we think of it. i think they can read body language and just know our routines so well that they can guess what we are doing. for instance when we had our dog max. at night when my dad went to sleep all my dad had to do was get out of his chair and max would instanly get up and go straight ot his crate. i think jsu t after years of following the same routine he just knew what to do. i don't think he knew my father was thinking it was time to go to bed. and just like when you get the cat carrier out and all of a sudden the cats are nowhere to be found. they know the cat carrier means a bad thing. going to the vet for needles!!!!!!!!! again i don't think it is a thought process as much as it is an association.
Sometimes I swear my golden reads my thoughts. I will be laying in bed, not even moving, and I think about getting ready to give her a bath and she dives under the bed. It is really hard to get her out too.
animals in general have a natural ability to communicate telepathically. birds that fly in flocks are able to move as a single body because they can communicate without speech, the same goes for a school of fish, pack of wolves or a pride of lionesses are able to hunt together and co-ordinate their movements. yes, a lot of that is their ability to pick up on subtle body language but i do not doubt that there is more that that going on. it makes perfect sense to me that out pets are so in tune with us that they know what we are thinking. Another thing is that a heart has a magnetic field that radiates 8ft (if I remember correctly), when our emotions change so does the frequency of that field. a very perceptive animal is able to feel that change and responds to it, this in its self is a ‘sixth sense’ Changes in this field is how some believe dogs are able to sense hears attacks and seizures)
I believe that they are "in tune" with their "humans". Emma points out an excellent example, dogs picking up on seizures long beofre there are any outward signals. I've also come home from work stressed and the minute I open the door, they are right there to offer support. Some of it is learning our behavior patterns and habits, but there are many times that they simply pick up things we are not outwardly signaling. Who knows, perhaps they read the "auras" of those they love?
LOL Stormy, I've been waiting for your next topic. Here is my opinion. I think it might be both "ESP" and conditioning. My dogs know immediately when I am going out of town, before the suitcases, just like you said. They will follow me around, right on my heals. Also, it's true what was said about flock birds, so why not dogs? As far as feeling sad, or missing someone who has died, absolutely. In time I think they work through their grieving process just like humans and will be happy. But hasn't anyone ever had to take over an animal that had belonged to someone who had died? You can tell they are depressed and just waiting for that person to come home. And, as in your last post, sometimes they do come see them and they get all excited! As far as conditioning I think they know our habits too. I have a study that is separate from my house. It used to be the back porch and we enclosed it and put a window a/c in it instead of having it connected to the a/c from my house because I smoke, but not around my kids or in my house. Now, this way I can smoke and study and work, or whatever, and the smoke isn't in the house. BTW I don't want any flack for smoking, I know it's bad for you. There is a set of french doors that separate it from the house. When my golden sees me come out he will go get his "baby" and stand at the door and litterly knock on the door with his paw, not paw at it, but tap with his nails. I let him out with me and he will lay here and sleep by my chair. It doesn't matter if he is dead to the world, when I get up and turn off the a/c he knows I'm going to bed and will jump up and wait at the door to go in. I've even played around with him and turned off the a/c while he's asleep to see what he would do. He jumps up and goes to the door. Then if I turn it back on and sit down he gives me a dirty look and goes and lays back down. He must know the a/c being turned off means I'm going inside. If that part was ESP he would know if I was teasing. Now, about the dogs that can detect seizures and such, I don't know if it's ESP or that there is just a change in our magnetic field that they can sense but I know they can do it. That is my very long opinion!
Then there are cases I've heard of over the years where someone stops breathing or has heart faliure in the middle of the night, not waking a spouse sleeping in the same bed, but the pet awakens out of a sound sleep to give alarm. What wakes them, but not the person sleeping right next to the victim? I know that my crew are very "in tuned" with my moods and feelings. Another thought, the "flip side of the coin"... Ever wonder how it is that you can read your pet's silent signals?
definatley a soon as my partner is about ten minutes away from coing home and no he doesnt come home exactly the same time every day they both go to the back door facing it and wag their tails like theres no tomorrow no matter what im doing so its ot my routine that does it t all and if i ask them a uestion they always seem to answer me something good a swish of the tail something bad they look at the floor and mope their way towards me and sit on my feet
As a child there was a dog that would come everyday at the same time except for the weekends to our bus stop. She showed up every single day. I don't know how she knew what time we got off the bus but she did. On days that I would stay home sick or something like that you would see her coming down the street a little bit before the bus would come and she would just sit there and wait. My dog Heidi knows when my bf gets home. She will start barking about 5 to 10 minutes before he gets home. They also know our cars from other peoples cars. They bark like crazy when our cars pull up but don't make a sound when it is someone elses car. I just got a new car a couple of months ago and it didn't take them long to figure it out. It amazes me the way their senses are.
I know animals can sence when an earthquack or something is about to hit. They can apparently sence the a change in the magnatisim or whatever. My boyfriend say my cat will 'pine' for me when I'm not home, she'll sit infront of the door and wait. I swear sometimes that cat makes me think she's really a dog trapt in a cat's body. Like her odd obsession with water. EDIT: LOL... earthquack, I meant earthquake.