What do dogs know and recognize?

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  1. geoff_in_nc

    geoff_in_nc Friend of Leo's

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    Do you think that if you never change clothes in front of your dog they will think you can somehow magically change your "coat" and they can't?

    Just a thought as my mind wandered this morning.
     
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    Step away from the bong.
     
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    Hmmm, I suspect they only think about it when you've got treats in the pockets of those clothes. "Priorities" says Fido!;)
     
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    geoff_in_nc Friend of Leo's

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    Ha! I don't "smoke"... I'm just naturally this way. Come to think of it, maybe that's why my prior marriage ended in divorce... :lol:
     
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    They know as soon as you do when you're going somewhere, and whether they get to go with you or not.
     
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    My dog can certainly recognise that coat + boots equals something going on and either he's going to be alone for a while or is going to have a walk.
    If we go out the house and turn left at the end of the road that's going to be a short walk so he gets very calm, if we turn right that's going to be the park or some long walk and he gets more excited.
     
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    So true. Wife and I were going out to renew driver's licenses yesterday. The Female knows it, she's guarding the door every 5 mins. I try to reassure her to "stay home, be a good girl" I open the door and "Zip!" she sneaks out fast hoping she can go.
    BTW... shes totally blind and mostly deaf.
     
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    I have seen examples of how some critters react to an image of themselves differently as compared to an image of another critter. Which implies some degree of self awareness.
    Which makes me go " hmmmm"

    I once came home to find my dog " throwing" his favorite toy against the side of the shed and catching it repeatedly.

    There was a recent "viral video" alluding to pigs using tools......

    I think the question has merit personally.
    We cannot know.....
     
  9. 985plowboy

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    My dogs recognize me.
    I have four big Catahoula males as farm dogs.
    They help keep deer, hogs, etc.. out of the fields and do a fine job.
    They definitely differentiate between who and what are supposed to be on the place.
    They can even read my mood.
    I'm not saying they're smart, but they are absolutely not dumb.
    I love them all.
     
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    Dogs are smarter than we are ... They are so smart, they know if they pretend to be lovable and stupid, they can manipulate us ... And don't get me started on cats ...
     
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    Dogs are oriented more by smell than vision. As long as you smell like you they don't care what you're wearing.
     
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    Dogs are funny. We've a collie who gently nips me when he realises I'm going out. It's what they do to wandering sheep to herd them back and keep them together...

    I heard somewhere that the feeling you get when you walk into a room and forget why you came in there....is a dog's whole life.
     
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    My neighbor got a cute puppy last year. I petted it and tried to get it to like me.

    It pretty much ignored me.

    I didn't see it much all winter as they kept it in a cage in their house all winter except to let it out to go potty. :rolleyes:

    The first time I saw it this spring it growled at me and barked like it want to attack me.

    Don't know the underlying meaning of it all but...:rolleyes:
     
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    I've heard about the ability to read human moods before, and I know that my dogs know when we're going out. I've also heard that dogs are the only animal that will go in the direction a human points.
     
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    They've evolved a muscle in their face near their eyes which raises their eyebrows to show emotion the way we do...puppy eyes...and they recognise our eyebrow positions the way we do. Wolves can't do it and neither can cats or any other animal.
    Apparently this explains a lot of why we get along so well.
     
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    Bong? What's a bong? That thing...that's a planter, pay no attention now and move on.:p
     
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    Food - and ANYTHING resembling thereof...
     
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    Mine recognizes and loves to play with the grandkids. She definitely treats the 1yr old differently than the 4 yr olds, so seems to have a sense about the capabilities of each.
    She obeys my commands so seems to know that I'm in charge.
     
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    Funny thing is...the neighbors just got a new puppy a couple of months ago. It's a cute female and it immediately seemed to like me. It let me pet it and came up to me. I was cleaning my bathroom and had some bleach cleaner on my hand the last time and it didn't like that. LOL!

    But it seems to recognize me and wags it's tail every time I see it. They have four other dogs and they all hate my guts. :D
     
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    For real? That is torture. Are they still doing that? If so, try to get that dog into a normal home, FFS.
     
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