Why does Fluffy seem to have extra-sensory perception?


Question: Is it true that dogs can be clairvoyant?

Answer: I’ve personally known at least two dogs who appeared to regularly prepare for their owner’s arrival before they got there. And my mother’s dog used to post up at the door as I was headed their way when I was maybe an hour out from their house … even though I hadn’t seen her in months. She certainly appeared to be waiting for me.

Dogs have some extraordinary abilities.  For one, dogs do seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to predicting storms.

I don’t know what I think about that, although there has been some research on this very phenomenon. Long story short, the research appeared to be fairly inconclusive for a number of reasons.

But let’s talk about some things that are well documented. First, dogs do seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to predicting storms. Fluffy may seem agitated or clingy, long before a thunderstorm arrives. Dogs are more sensitive to changes in barometric pressure than we are, and very often a drop in pressure precipitates a storm. Your dog figures out patterns, and it would be predictable for Fluffy to come to associate this pressure drop with the arrival of a storm. Additionally, there is a “static electric field” associated with thunderstorms. Changes in this field can trigger the same anticipation. And dogs can hear at much higher (and lower) frequencies than we do. Fluffy may hear a distant low rumble we cannot.

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