Does the passage of time exist for dogs?

In Spainaccording to Statista,a popularity of dogs as a pet it has been gradually increasing over the years among Spanish families. In 2020, there were approximately 6.7 million dogs in Spanish homes. And as we already know, the life of our furry friends is very different from ours, among other curiosities, because their memory and their way of managing time is completely different. In fact, Are dogs aware of the passage of time? Here we give you an answer, according to Animal Expert.

Are dogs aware of time?

First of all, it must be taken into account that “time”as we know it, is our own invention. The structuring of the month in 30 or 31 days, the week in 7 days or the day in 24 hours is a human creation, and of course, not real in the animal world.

What animals and humans do have in common is circadian rhythms. We are talking about physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle. Mainly, they are natural processes that respond to light and darkness, and that affect most living beings, this includes people, animals, plants, microbes… Consequently, AnimalWised applies it to dogs and tells us that : “yesYo we observe our dog we will see that, more or less, repithet same routines in terms of sleeping or eating and these will be actions that will be carried out at approximately the same hours and during the same time.”

The question then is: Are dogs aware of time? Like us, no. Keep in mind that dogs have associative memory, and consequently, they have no notion of what is “present, past and future”. If our dog knows that he has to go outside or that it is time for us to get home, it is because of our non-verbal communication, signals that they collect and interpret (through sight and hearing) and to which they react.

Animal Expert (based on a study) explains the relationship between smell and the passage of time in dogs. “It was concluded that the absence of the caretaker made the dog perceive that the smell of him in the house was decreasing until reaching a minimum value that the dog related to the fact that it was time for his handler to return. Thus, smell but also circadian rhythms and established routines allow us to think that dogs are aware of the passage of time, although their perception is not the same as ours.”

In this sense, it must be taken into account that the smell of dogs is between 10,000 and 100,000 times more powerful than humans and can detect changes in the environment that go unnoticed by us.

separation anxiety in dogs

the so-called Separation Anxiety in Dogs is considered a serious behavioral disorder within canine clinical ethology, which is the veterinary discipline that deals with diagnosing and treating behavioral problems in dogs. This disorder makes us think that dogs are aware of the passage of time, since their behavior is more serious depending on whether they spend more time alone… In fact, canine behavior professionals can set schedules in which they progressively become the dog gets used to spending more minutes alone. However, this has nothing to do with a notion of time but with loneliness itself. They know that they are alone, but they do not recognize how long.

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