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    Can dogs tell time?

    Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:55 pm Groupie
    I have heard that dogs have no concept of time, one minute is the same as an hour to them. Baloney! My DH gets home at a certain time every day and my dogs know about ten minutes before, stop what they are doing and lay in wait by the front door. Seriously, you could sett you clock by them. So funny! icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
    Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:08 pm Groupie
    Maybe they don't have a sense of time as WE know it but they do know! My cats are the same way!
    Connie Lea
    Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:30 pm Groupie
    Years ago I had a min poodle. She would wait in the driveway every night for me to get home from work. My DH wasn't working then and said she would go out a little before time for me to come home. Once in the middle of winter (Minnesota so you know how cold it can get), the roads were icy, so I drove really slow - took me almost 45 minutes longer to get home. DH went out a couple times and brought her in (we had a dog door) since it was so cold and she would go right back out. So I know they can tell time.
    K9 Owned
    Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:34 pm
    Forum Host
    My dogs go for walks at 6 and 9 am then again at 4pm - last yard call is 9:30.
    They eat at 8 am and 5 pm. They get bedtime cookies at 10.
    10 minutes before each event they come over, sit, stare and make pathetic little moans.
    I believe they do. Time changes mess them over for days.
    Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:24 am
    Forum Host
    My CAT can tell time - that one's easy! icon_wink.gif She always knows when it's 3:45 - feeding time - even when my husband doesn't set the alarm.

    Jar, on the other hand, can not only tell time, but he can evidently read a calendar - he always knows when it's Friday (kong and pizza night) - around 4pm, he starts running around in circles and following my husband around like a big furry shadow. icon_rolleyes.gif

    He also knows when it's bone day - every time I go to the basement on Sunday, he's waiting at the door for me to bring a bone up out of the freezer. And if I happen to open the freezer while I'm down there (even if it's NOT for a bone), he's doing a happy dance when I come back up. He doesn't do that any day but Sunday.
    Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:34 am Groupie
    Clever dog, that Jar!
    anne in apex
    Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:58 pm Groupie
    Our dog knows 9:00 PM. That's her walk time, and she starts getting fidgety about 15 minutes ahead of time. We take turns walking her, and she usually knows whose turn it is. She'll sit in front of the right person, fix them with the laser-eyes-of-death stare, and wait impatiently.
    Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:39 pm Groupie
    When I had Clinton, he had a routine, and knew exactly what part of the day was dog park time, and what part of the day was just regular walk time.

    Also, when I would go away for the weekend, and was preparing to come home, he would go to my parents and "let them know". I guess it was because I was his human, the most, that he could "sense" if I was coming home. I don't know if that makes any sense to anyone, but it happened every time I would leave and come back.
    Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:28 am
    Forum Host
    Here;s more cat evidence..... When I was working full time I would find Shadow by the door waiting to greet me when I got home. Marty told me that about 15 minutes before I was due home, she would come out to the living room and sit near the door. He said he knew when I was actually coming off the elevator because at that point she would go and stand near the door (She could hear the elevator, I'm sure, but how she knew it was me walking on the carpeted floor....I still have no idea...especially since you have to turn a corner to get to our hallway! Now, they don't pay as much attention to my coming and going. However, if it is afternoon feeding time (or icon_eek.gif after!) when I open the door to the apt. Miss Stella will be there complaining about her impending death from starvation! icon_rolleyes.gif
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