Thursday, June 12, 2008

Dogs that know when their owners are coming home, redux

Via BoingBoing I read about a new study to replicate Rupert Sheldrake's experiments into why some dogs appear to know when their owner is coming home. Although I'm skeptical about the hypothesis that there's telepathy going on, I find the experiments quite interesting. I'd participate myself if I weren't so incredibly lazy.

4 comments:

cedarfield said...

Well, since I frequently walk in on my dogs while they're sacked out and snoring on the futon despite having a routine that varies by 10 minutes at most, I really don't think they're the ESP types.

On the other hand, I could possibly participate in a study to prove that dogs do indeed sleep about 22 hoursa day...

Pacco de Mongrel said...

my dog surely did sleep almost 20 hours during weekdays..

anyway, i think dogs can hear the distinguisable car engine sound...

Lisa B. said...

If Lucy doesn't get her required 20+ hours of sleep (weekends, for example) she's a little cranky. And she's often NOT waiting by the door when I walk in. Maybe she knows perfectly well that I'm coming home but she can't be bothered to get off the bed until I actually walk through the door. Like, "Yeah, whatever, she's coming home. I'll be there when I get there."

Marie said...

My dog Gracie the golden retreiver has eyes that light up when I get home! I really want you to read a heartwarming story about a homecoming of sort. MAX is a dog that is adopted from the shelter.... his new home leads you through a wonderful story of him teaching powerful insights to life. It is entertaining and yet profound. Well written and yet down-to-earth. Dogs greeting their human is powerful....so powerful.... Don't miss this one!