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How you see the world. How your dog sees the world. And the massive difference between the two!


How you see the world. How your dog sees the world. And the massive difference between the two!
This article contains: dog smell senses sight hearing

You may have heard that dogs see the world differently. We had too. But when author Jennifer Arnold called and gave us her insights into just how differently dogs see the world, we were blown away. So we've asked Jennifer to give us her 'top five' dog-sense facts. Prepare to be amazed!

1. Dogs actually understand very few words. Instead they rely on our tone and body language to glean the meaning in our voices. They can detect less then a tenth of a millimetre of movement, allowing them to pick up the smallest change in our posture and demeanour.

2. Since dogs don't have language, they remember things by taking 'snapshots' or small clips of smells, sounds and sights. They can recall those clips when placing their current circumstances in context.

3. Your dog would fail his drivers' examination without glasses. Dogs are quite near-sighted. What humans can see from 80 feet away, a dog cannot make out until he is 20 feet away. They do, however, have better vision in low light for motion than do people.

4. Your dog sees detail poorly, much as you would if you looked through a lens smeared with cooking oil.

5. Dogs do see colours but not the wide and vivid spectrum that most people see. Dogs can see blues, yellows and many shades of grey, but not green or red.

Finally, while our dogs may not always see well, their sense of smell boggles the mind! Dogs can smell parts per trillion compared to our ability to smell only parts per hundred. This means that a dog could detect a single drop of vanilla in an Olympic-size, chlorinated swimming pool.

For more insights on a dog's-eye view of the world, see Through a dog's eyes: understanding our dogs by understanding how they see the world by Jennifer Arnold (published by Souvenir Press, £18.99).

For a £3 discount off the RRP, with free P&P, call 01235 827702.

 

Finally, if you have any stories about YOUR dog's amazing senses, just get in touch by commenting below.


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Ken Wyatt
Only just got the `mail` n/letter. Interesting comment from Jennifer re the colour `red`, I can remember many years ago when I was doing `Obedience` training with one of my dogs and he wouldn`t go anywhere near a `red`/`yellow` hoop which I was using as a `sendaway` marker. I realised shortly afterwards that these colours can be a danger sign in the `wild`. Interesting theory don`t you think that animals should be `instinctively` aware of such situations. Any other views on this?
jane smith
Well that is one intelligent dog writing the article, as there is obviously no other way in the world anyone could know so much about how dogs see feel and understand unless they were actually a dog.
ron
What a load of tosh!! If anybody buys her book you must be as short sighted as she makes out dogs to be. As much as I abhor Hare coursing, I suppose the half blind dogs doing the chasing have to wear a pair of binoculars so they can spot the Hare and chase it. My Border Collie could spot a cat 50 yards away and go after it. A well trained Collie really must have trouble trying to find the sheep on the fells without falling off the nearest cliff. No matter how good the smell is, not spotting a cliff edge through your cooking oil coated eyes is a bit of a bummer, cliffs don't smell.
jake
I was thinking the same thing, this is mere speculation there is no way anybody can truly know whether dogs can see red or whether dogs can understand humans. My dog will go to his bed if you shout it at him from another room so tell me how that isn't understanding me?
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