If you are the owner of a dog, you may have asked yourself at some point if your pup can see things you can’t. I mean, sometimes pups will stand somewhere in a house and bark at seemingly nothing.
It’s even spookier when the dog is looking directly at a wall or area of a room while barking, and you see nothing.
The question of whether or not dogs can sense the supernatural has been researched extensively by scientists.
According to Animal Planet, this “sixth sense” that many dog owners believe their pups have could be a result of dog senses being stronger than that of a human’s.
Dogs have exceptional hearing and sense of smell, and a dog’s view allows him to sense small movements with his sight as well. They can see delicate movements, have a sense of smell 1,000 to 10,000 times stronger than that of humans, and can hear at higher frequencies.
There have been many claims of dogs who have sensed when a family member or owner was going to pass away. Also, there are many instances where dogs will remain by their owner’s bedside as they are dying, or even by their grave after they have passed.
Pet psychologist Marti Miller believes that both humans and dogs possess a sixth sense that connects them to the paranormal. The catch is that humans judge or deny what they are feeling while dogs “don’t judge what is going on in the environment,” theoretically making them more sensitive to supernatural goings on.
With these crazy dog senses, canines are often able to sense danger before humans can. For example, before the tsunami in 2004, many animals, including dogs, exhibited behavioral differences and ran for cover or refused to go outside. Animal experts believe they could have possibly felt the vibrational changes before the earthquakes shook things up.
The truth is, because dogs can’t offer their explanation, there’s no telling the reason behind a dog barking at what seems like nothing. Until a dog can tell us about Caspar the friendly ghost taking residence in our home, we won’t know whether or not Fido can sense ghosts. Miller states that there’s no way to know if dogs can actually see ghosts or not, but she does believe that “if you observe a dog standing in the corner, barking at nothing visible, then there’s a pretty good chance that he’s barking at an entity, spirit, or energy that doesn’t belong there.”
So whether your pup is barking at an energy or spirit from someone who has passed, or is just barking at a wafting smell of something tasty that your neighbor is cooking, we may never really know for sure. What we do know is that dogs are pretty awesome, and these superhero senses that they have only make them even cooler.