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Old 08-22-2005, 10:36 AM
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I have always thought and always been told that dogs have no sense of time.

Is this true? I've been told they cant tell the difference between 5 mins and 5 hours. Is this right?

I always feel guilty when I leave Shadow on her own, and especially now when my office moves and she'll be on her own for 9.5hrs a day. Will she realise how long she's been on her own?

Its weird cos shadow always seems to know what time lee is home form work, cos she starts whining by the living room door and pacing by it, and when I come home lunch time she's always waiting by the kitchen door, fair enough she may hear the front door going, but in the evenings when i come home she's always by the garage door, and I know its not cos she hears the car, because one day I came throught the front door instead of the garage, and she was still waiting at the garage door.

So if they have no concept of time, how does she know when I'll be home form work?

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Old 08-22-2005, 10:39 AM
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I never heard of that but I heard that dogs can tell a schedule. For example I feed Belly dinner at exactly 7pm and around that time, she's already at her bowl, whining for food She also wakes up and goes to sleep at the same exact time so I think they can tell time.

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Old 08-22-2005, 11:02 AM
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I don't think that's true. Skye definitely knows when it's time for a walk.
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:06 AM
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I think that whole business about dogs not having a concept of time passing is bushwa - brought to us by the same kind of people who would have us believe that creatures have no true emotions (love, happiness, grief, etc.), no cognitive capabilities, no memories and only humans have a 'soul.'

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Old 08-22-2005, 11:19 AM
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I don't think its true My dogs definatly know which each of their activities are during the day.

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Old 08-22-2005, 01:01 PM
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Sawyer can most definitely tell time. He knows when he's been swimming for exactly an hour, when it's time to get fed and when I usually go to work. They don't think of it in exact numerical terms of course, but I think they can tell when a certain amount of time has passed.
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Old 08-22-2005, 01:14 PM
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Yes, I think they can too. Even my cat who sleeps all day long is in the window watching for me every weekday when I come home or for the first one home. And Brady knows when it is bedtime too.
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Old 08-22-2005, 03:56 PM
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Tank can tell time, he just looks at the clock on the cable box and knows when to switch the channels back and turn the tv off . I usually come home the same time every day and if I'm running late there is a huge head in the window watching for me. At a minute past 5:30 I am reminded that its time for dinner, if the TV is on he will sit right in front of it and if not then he walks up to me and starts woooooo'ing.
Wooo'ing, its a Malamute thing.
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Old 08-22-2005, 04:08 PM
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Daisy wakes up EVERY day at 5:30. Sometimes 5:35 if we are lucky but she is consistent. It doesn't matter when they go to bed or if we let them out during the night, at 5:30 she is ready to be up and start her day!
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Old 08-22-2005, 05:21 PM
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can i just say (sorry off topic i know) how much shadow looks like my borris, thats kind of crazy!

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