We all know dogs for having exceptionally great “sniffers”. They can smell us from a mile a way…literally, but we didn’t know is their sense of smell is so advanced scientists actually believe they can smell time. Here’s the scoop:
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“As each day wears a new smell, its hours mark changes in odors that your dog can notice,” says Professor Alexandra Horowitz.
Horowitz, explains this study in her new book, ‘Being a Dog’, which discusses her research at Barnard College’s Dog Cognition Lab. “Smells in a room change as the day goes on. Hot air rises, and it usually rises in currents along the walls and will rise to the ceiling and go kind of to the centre of the room and drop.” Professor Horowitz explained on the radio program, Fresh Air.
This could explain how I dog can tell when it’s time to be fed for dinner. This may also be why a dog knows the time of day their owner will return home from work.
I know. Mind blown.