Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Is your dog psychic?

HE knows when you're on your way home, he understands when you've had a bad day and he might even be able to save your life. So does your four-legged friend have mystic powers?
Dogs do amazing things. Anyone who has shared their life with a canine companion will tell you they're the most compassionate and responsive of creatures, often behaving as if they can read our minds, or have some sort of extrasensory perception.

Some people believe that's exactly what they do have. After all, there are countless tales of dogs who have appeared to foresee the future, predicting and even averting accidents and disasters.

Then there are pets who have made incredible journeys in order to reunite themselves with their owners. So much of what dogs do is baffling to the point of being inexplicable. But can they really be psychic?

Scientists argue that what appears to be a sixth sense is actually a highly enhanced functioning of the existing five.

"Dogs live in a different sensory world to us," explains clinical animal behaviourist Rosie Barclay. "While we perceive the world around us primarily in visual terms, their world is one of scent and hearing."

Dogs' hearing is around four times more powerful than ours: they can register sounds on frequencies that humans can't begin to detect and, if we can hear something 20 feet away, a dog can hear it 80 feet away. With ears that can revolve like satellite dishes, they are also better equipped to discern which direction a sound is coming from.

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