I think dogs can tell time. I don’t mean they look at a clock and know the time, but I think they have inner biological clocks that know. If nothing else, they certainly know their routines. But our routines change every other day, and they still seem to know the difference. Here’s an example:
On Tuesdays and Thursdays I work from home. My hubby is up at the same time every day – early – with the dogs. But on those days I’m not leaving for work, I stay in bed a bit longer. I’m awake early, but hubby brings me up a cup of coffee and I watch the news, and the dogs all join me on the bed; most of the time anyway. Luke is up and down…he likes to follow the Dadz around the house, since they share a morning banana, and he always helps Dadz get the treats out which they’ll get before he leaves.
The Dadz will bring treats upstairs and say goodbye to all of us. When it gets close to the time he leaves, 6:30, Cricket (who is usually either between my legs or stretched out alongside them) wakes up and lies there listening. The telltale sign is when Luke slams the cabinet door downstairs after Dadz gets the treats out. Cricket jumps up and sits next to me, sometimes impatiently “dancing” if they take too long.
One Thursday morning recently, my hubby had the day off. I still stuck to my usual routine…and so did Cricket. When it got close to 6:30, I could see her listening. When nothing happened, she got up to listen more closely. What was going on? I couldn’t help it, I texted my hubby both of these photos and wrote “Cricket is waiting for her treats”.
He had no intention of bringing treats up that morning since he wasn’t going anywhere, but after seeing the photos….sweet Dadz that he is, he got treats and brought them upstairs as usual.
Cricket was pleased. It strikes me that she started to act this way at the exact same time Dadz normally leaves. He wouldn’t have been making any noises that indicated it was that time; she just knew it.
Do you believe that dogs can tell time?