How do dogs perceive time

Do dogs have a sense of time?

Time is a very interesting term. We think we have a very good sense of time. After all, we clearly perceive time.

And how do our four-legged friends feel about time? Do dogs have a sense of time?

Dogs probably have no sense of time.

Why not? After all, animals must have some kind of internal clock.

How else could it be explained that cows know exactly when to be milked?

Cows know when to be milked

We know from cattle that animals do have a sense of time. It is not for nothing that farmers are very careful to always milk cows at the same time.

If that doesn't happen, the animals get restless. The cows begin to make themselves heard loudly.

Or maybe this is simply because dairy cows feel their udders. The udder is full and starts to hurt. Therefore, the cow wants redemption right now.

It's time to be milked.

Can this behavior of animals be defined as a sense of time?

Routine instead of a sense of time

The question of whether dogs have a sense of time is in truth not easy to answer. The fact is that animals get used to repetitive and regular activities:

  • The alarm goes off in the morning
  • Mistress and master get up
  • Then the first walk follows
  • Then there is food

In many families, every day follows a routine. Our pets get used to it.

Together, these circumstances ensure that the dog knows exactly when there is food. This routine also determines when mum and dad come home.

Conversely, this does not mean that the dog has a sense of time. Rather, dogs orientate themselves to daily activities and circumstances.

Metabolism and hormones affect time

Metabolic processes and hormones play a special role in the daily routine. The hormone melatonin is particularly important.

Melatonin is the so-called sleep hormone that is increasingly produced in the dark. The physical activities are reduced. The body gets tired.

We turn night into day

It works the same with humans. This is how we wake up when the sun rises and the birds are chirping. In the evening we go to bed when it gets dark.

This is the gray theory of our ancestors. Because mankind invented methods to lengthen the day.

When it gets dark, be sure to turn on the lights. So we don't go to sleep as soon as night falls. We can move our biorhythm arbitrarily, even if it is not healthy.

Sun, moon and stars as timepieces

Our first sedentary ancestors knew that the seasons repeat every twelve months. That was enough as an advantage for agriculture.

It was not exactly the day that mattered, but rather knowing the right time for sowing.

For these rough times it is sufficient to observe the position of the sun and the phases of the moon.

Only seafarers needed really precise times to determine the longitude. For decades, the British inventor John Harrison worked on an accurate watch.

Today your mobile phone tells you the time exactly to the millisecond. These times can be calculated from the cellular connection, GPS data and time servers on the Internet.

People don't have a real sense of time

So even humans do not have the ability to measure or determine time. We need tools like clocks.

If you observe yourself, you are sure to find the following:

  1. Time goes by very quickly when we spend it with loved ones.
  2. Endlessly long comes and the time before we wait for something.

You have a lot to do or you have a very exciting day. Time flies by without even looking at the watch.

In contrast, minutes can truly turn into hours, for example when there is nothing to be done in the office. When you stand in line at the supermarket. Or sit in your vet's waiting room.

You get the feeling that time doesn't go by at all.

In the first case you will miscalculate the time, because everything appears so much faster. In the second case, you will feel like time is endless.

Likewise, you need to imagine Dog's Day.

Time is relative: how long is a minute?

A minute goes by quickly, you probably think.

Albert Einstein explained time using his theory of relativity. Time is relative:

“An hour with a pretty girl is like a minute.
A minute on a hot stove is like an hour. "

Does a minute pass just as quickly? Or does time seem like an eternity to you?

A regular daily routine becomes a habit

You can also explain why so many four-legged friends strike terror at home when they have to stay alone.

If your dog is bored, if he longs for his owner, he will look for something to do. He'll bark, scratch the door, howl, or just destroy something in the household.

With it he can kill the time until the beloved two-legged friend comes back.

If you have a regular daily routine, your four-legged friend will orient itself to it. He will be waiting for his walk or food at the same time every day. Dogs simply get used to the daily routine.

How does your dog react to boredom and free time?

However, this behavior depends on the respective animal and its character. There are dogs that just sleep for a while when their humans leave the house.

As you can see, it is not possible to say for sure whether dogs have a sense of time.

Probably not. It is probably exactly the same with him as it is with us humans.

The fact that dogs have no sense of time does not mean that they can be left alone at will. Dogs should only be left alone as long as absolutely necessary.

Do dogs have a sense of time when they are alone?

In any case, you can make the waiting time easier for your dog. Get your pet used to being alone.

This is best done as a puppy. The sooner your dog learns to deal with being alone, the easier it will be.

Give your four-legged friend something to do. These can be chewing products. In this case, hooves, antlers or chewing roots are ideal.

Make sure your dog can't bite off pieces of it. Then even with intelligence toys, no accidents will happen while you are on the move.

Music helps some dogs. That calms them down. So every dog ​​can stay alone for a while.

Time goes by faster and faster

The older you get, the faster time goes by. Do you know this feeling?

You have the same 86,400 seconds a day available today as you did 15 years ago.

At this point our brain is playing a trick on us. The same processes are saved as a routine and not as an individual activity.

The first time you drive to your new workplace, 30 minutes will seem like forever. At which traffic lights do I have to turn? Where is a zebra crossing? When do I have to downshift on the incline? Where can I find a parking space?

After a week, your brain only saves the identical way to work with “I drove to work”. In the memory this time seems much shorter.

We have the feeling that time is passing faster and faster.

A different sense of time on vacation

You probably know the same experience from your vacation.

The first days are exciting. Everything is new. A new country. Another language. You neither know the most beautiful place by the pool, nor the opening times of the restaurants.

Your brain learns new things every day. What is known is saved as a routine. Later on it will seem as if the last days of your vacation are passing by in a flash.

In reality, the 1,440 minutes a day lasts just as long as on the first day. Her brain was only busy at first.

People don't have a real sense of time. Nor do dogs have a sense of time.

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