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Karen Baumgartner

My name is Karen. I live in Wisconsin with my husband Ron and our Aussie Oliver. We got Oliver as a pup and he is about 1 1/2 years old now (at time of this photo). We rented a lake house on 20 acres for vacation and took Oliver with. He had a great time swimming, boating and enjoying the property as much as us.

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Excerpt #16

Through Your Dog's Eyes:
The Canine Senses

Another element of understanding your dog that many owners overlook is the difference between the way dogs and humans see the world.

Remember, a dog's senses are different to that of a human – so even when you're together experiencing the exact same situation, you and your dog experience it in completely different ways. Your dog picks up smells and sounds that you aren't even aware of, while you can see colors your dog can't perceive.

Here's a quick breakdown between the senses of a dog and those of a human:

  • Dogs rely a lot more on their sense of smell than we do. While smell is only a small part of our experience of the world, for your dog it's huge. Dogs relate to each other by scent and also use it to mark their territory and toilet area (keep this point in mind when we discuss toilet training later on). A dog's sense of smell is many times stronger than our own, so don't be surprised if your dog tends to "follow his nose."

  • Hearing is another sense in which dogs are superior to us. Dogs can pick up quieter sounds from much further away, so when your dog reacts suddenly when there's apparently nothing new in the surroundings, chances are she's picked up on a sound which is outside your range of hearing.

  • Movies and TV shows have popularized the myth that dogs only see in black and white, but that's exactly what it is – a myth. That said, dogs can't see all the colors of the spectrum we can see. While dogs are unable to perceive red and green lights, they can see blues and yellows. They're better at picking up movement than we are and they're also better adapted to looking at objects in the distance, rather than close to their face.

  • Dogs don't have much of a sense of taste. They eat because they're hungry and they chew to strengthen their jaws and clean their teeth.

  • Touch is a very practical sense for dogs. In the wild, dogs generally only huddle together to preserve warmth. That doesn't mean your dog is only trying to steal your body heat when she comes snuggling up to you – domestic dogs who are well socialized do appreciate touch. But be aware that they're not naturally inclined to human touch, so socialization is important. If your dog doesn't like being touched and shies away from people, a lack of early socialization may be the reason. See the section on Socializing a Puppy in Chapter 5.

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Dog Quote of the Week

Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though. That's the problem.

~ Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

 

 

 

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