How Dogs See the World (and Experience)

One aspect of life with dogs that must be considered is that they are different ways of perceiving and experiencing the world. Trying to understand their point of view will help create a deeper and happier bond for both of us: Here are some curiosities and tips for understanding how the creature perceives us and the world around us.

Dog life with humans

Dogs are expected to do whatever we want, even though they have never done so before; They run when we call them; That they live how and where we want; That they behave as we wish; It turns out how, how much and where we decided; They eat when and where we want; They will be present at what we have decided; That they face and manage situations where (even unknowingly) we insert them; That they stay alone for hours on end; In general they do what we want and do it with the famous smile on their face. The moment the dog expresses dissatisfaction, it becomes a problem.

In other words, we demand a lot from dogs. A little inevitable – there are certain aspects of dog life that need to be controlled – no doubt because of our ethnocentrism – we feel we are the masters of the world and we act accordingly; No one can avoid our desire to dominate, at least not dogs that are too close to us and in a comfortable subordinate position for us.

Lots of room for misunderstandings

There is a lot of room for misunderstanding between dogs and humans, which in reality exists widely. Sometimes we realize this because dogs are ‘problematic’, sometimes we don’t notice it because quadrupeds are so tolerant or defeated that they don’t express their discomfort or are not very sensitive to expressing it.

A famous quote reminds us that before judging another, you have to walk a mile in his shoes – that is, to understand his experience, his thoughts, his challenges … Walking in a dog’s shoes is impossible, but you can try to understand them and take the first step. Is to try to see the world from their point of view. The moment you do that, a world will open up.

To try to see the world from a dog’s point of view, there are several aspects to consider: Let’s look at them together.

Where I am physically

How do we feel in the middle of the sea at the feet of unknown giants? Not clean. It’s a lot like the condition of dogs that live on the earth from below, very low: even the tallest of them are much shorter than an adult and their physical position can be a consequence of discomfort, if not fear, when they are taken to crowded places or on the street where They are surrounded and ignored by strangers. The low position also gives a feeling of psychological subordination, it is no coincidence that it is called Napoleon Syndrome and has the equivalent of a dog.

Position with human dignity

Dogs, understood as Pets, They are totally dependent on humans – without them they can’t even drink thirsty, just to give an example – and they live in a man-made world for humans and where they are judged by human rules. Let us say that in order to be peaceful their masters must do their part – to introduce them to the world in which they have been introduced; That they let them know the rules of that world, that they feel their burden, safe and secure, that they know and respect their needs.

Genetics

Dogs have genetic predispositions and breeding motivations that influence how they perceive situations and how they can cope. A very general situation makes the matter clear: guests. For a guard dog, guests are someone who violates its territory, a threat, and naturally have a tendency to live and manage them. The difficulties she may have with guests and, for example, preventing them from entering the house are born for her. If this is considered a problem – for example because owners often prefer to have friends at home – the problem is not the dog; Its owners, while accepting it, did not consider how it tended to explain the situation.

The senses

Dogs have the same senses as humans – sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste – but are developed and used differently. Needless to say, this diversity has a significant impact on the way they see, perceive and feel the world.

The olfactory dog’s primary sensation

Dogs’ main sensation is the sense of smell, a truly sensitive tendency that allows them to perceive changes in hormones and also the mental state of individuals. It is said that a dog sees the world through its nose and smells. Unlike humans who stop the present with their eyes, dogs sniff and feel the past, present and future. Air, street corners, meadows, poles, car wheels, everything is a showcase full of information that detects the sense of smell and the brain interprets and processes. After seeing it, every leaf, shrub, square centimeter of the street reveals what it means to stop smelling and it becomes clear why it is so important to give them the right time and way. At the same time, we understand many of the reasons for their behavior that we do not understand – they may be triggered by the smell they get (which we clearly do not understand).

Hearing is the dog’s second sense

Dogs have a second sense of hearing, the idea being that they can hear sounds up to a frequency of 40,000-60,000 Hz (we humans stop at about 20,000). For dogs, walls and floors are also noisy. Let’s imagine what it means to be constantly bombarded by all sorts of noises – even in this situation it becomes difficult to rest well.

A relatively weak sense: vision

The main meaning for our people is vision; It’s not the same for dogs. As we have seen before, their ‘vision’ is smell. Dogs see certain colors – so they do not see black and white as is commonly thought – fade more than humans, and how they see color is affected by the state of light. They see moving objects better than stationary objects and move better in dim light than we do. Dogs have very different morphological features and the different eye positions (or combinations) of different species affect how they look.

The role of the mustache

On the face, in different positions depending on the dog, the quadruped (even female :)) shows a rich collection of mustaches. Their presence does not have an aesthetic function as it does for humans: fissures are very sensitive and serve to orient themselves in space. They act as a kind of radar, even the slightest change in air flow informs the dog about the space they are in and the distance, size and even the size of the object. Fischer’s work is said to be related to the visual system.

Communication

Dog communication is extremely complex, consisting of sounds, gestures, appearance, expression, posture, eye position, tail position, tail movement, smell, and so on. Their behavior also depends on the signals they perceive and the communications they receive, which many people are completely unaware of (for example: a dog that sniffs at a corner may smell like an enemy and may be disturbed by it, a mood that expresses the roar). By).

Lash

The human race: ‘Let’s say hello to this beautiful dog

The dog ‘Now how do I tell him I have nothing to do with him looking at me? When I did a scene in the past they took me, I do it

‘Grrrroooooowwwllll’

People drag dogs away with gossip ‘Are you crazy ??? What way are they? !!

The dog thinksAt least MI’m turning away from it; The scene works

One element that significantly influences and influences the dog’s world experience is the leash. As the situation above shows (which is very common but only one of the many in which they are found), the dog in the ribs cannot choose where to go and who to meet. Range Limited possibilities for action (for example, he cannot escape in fear).

In conclusion

Dogs perceive and perceive the world differently from us – it depends on the senses, the body, relationships with humans, communication and genetics, among other things. (Re) Knowing and respecting this diversity is fundamental to the well-being of animals, it provides them with what they really need and helps them manage properly and is an essential element of human-dog relationships, one of the pillars of appreciating diversity.

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