Do you believe dogs can sense an "Unseen Danger"?

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  1. Zephyrpower

    Zephyrpower New Member

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    It seems really strange ...sometimes when I'm walking my puppy, Pudges, he suddenly stop and refuse to follow me unless I drag him across the ground (which I usually don't). Sometimes, it's just because a stranger or some strange creature is walking by, he's usually friendly towards strangers in the daytime, or once we get close to them. But if it's dark or the strange person is in the distance, he goes on the alert and sometimes lets out a quiet, barely audible woof and sits and watches them carefully until he's either determined there not a threat or they've gone out of site. Since I've seen this I'm beggining to sense a protective trait in my puppy even though he's only 10 or so weeks old.

    But there are other times when I see absolutely nothing that he could be stopping for. As a matter of fact, recently he has been balking or absolutely refusing to leave the front yard at night. Granted, our neighborhood isn't the safest area in Columbus, it's actually a real low-income, trashy ghetto-like area, but for the few times I've walked out and about at night, everyone I've met mind's there own business. Tonight, though, I wanted to take him for walk but he absolutely refused to leave the front yard. He didn't even seem to be comfortable being out front and everytime I let his leash go slack he would strain as hard as he could to go back up the front door and try to get back in. I'm not sure why, until recently, he never really had a problem going out for a walk at night--he even ran away once and ran about the neighborhood!

    So anyways, to get to the point! Sometimes, I wonder if the reason he refuses to go somewhere is a rational fear that he tries to protect me from, perhaps some "Unseen Danger". Now this could mean it's a human or other creature that he feels is dangerous and senses there prescence when I can't ...because humans are blinder than bats in the dark.... or perhaps soemthing not so human. I've wonders if dogs could see things that are supernatural..or in some way completely invisible to the human eye.

    Anyways, I'm just interested in your opinoin on the subject. Why do you think my dog will randomly stop walking and refuse to go any further while he intently stares at a space of empty air? He is paranoid...or is seeing something that I can't? Also, what are you experience and opinions on dog behaviour that relates to this?
     
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    Fear Phase. Classic for his age.
     
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    Yes I do believe dogs and other animals pick up on danger faster than we do. And I do believe they see "supernatural" things as well; such as spirits/ghosts. I've had a dog that likely saved my life once before from danger. I was about 15 and I was home alone. Our landlord came to the house to collect rent on these days so I thought nothing of it when I heard a knock on the door. Now Deoge started barking as usual but I thought it odd she had her cackles on her back standing up and she was showing teeth. I brushed it off though. So I cracked it open expecting to see our landlord. It wasn't. It was another man, very tall, and he tried to put his foot in the door as soon as I cracked it open. My mom's chow chow (deoge) came up behind me and started growling and making herself known even though he couldn't see her. I told him he had better remove his foot or I was going to release my dog. He did and never came back.. However I did see him on the news a few months later...for raping a 14 yr old girl!
     
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    What your puppy is exhibiting is more a natural instinct that he shouldn''t be far from the den so being so is making him nervous. When the pack goes off on hunts the puppies are supposed to remain at the den and not wander off so they stay safe from predators that could hunt them. As the puppies get older, then they start joining the pack on the hunts so they can learn to hunt too.

    That being said though, I do strongly believe dogs can sense danger. I always watch for signals from the boys when being approached by someone at night. Their reactions have never let me down yet. If they don''t like someone it''s for a very good reason.
     
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    That makes sense, except for the fact that when he was younger (6-8) weeks, he would fearlessly wander with me anywhere. Now he seems reluctant or absolutely refuses to leave the yard at night. He also doesn't want to go into the street, but I'm really glad for that. One of my worst nightmares is having a pet get hit by a car.
     
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    That cause you had just brought him home, he wouldn''t have established your house as his home yet. To him his home would still be the breeder''s place.

    I find simply picking them up and carrying them a few blocks away does the trick for their curiousity to take over and them wnat to explore with you. As they grow older and you shorten the distance you carry them first, then they''ll eventually be able to just walk out the door with you.
     
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    Absolutely. I trust my bunch implicitly, just as I have trusted all of my dogs - and cats - judgement. And face it, if there is something out there this bunch is afraid of, I SURE don't want to run across it!
     

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