Can Dogs Detect Human Mealtime?

By The Dog Daily Expert

Can Dogs Detect Human Mealtime?

Dogs seem to have magical skills when it comes to detecting a coveted snack. Dogs are born with a knack for hearing high-pitched sounds. Opening a bag apparently falls into that sound category, suggests Christine Zink, author of the book Healthcare & Nutrition for Dummies. Over time, dogs may gradually lose their ability to hear lower-pitched noises, but they retain their high-pitched hearing. If you want to get an older dog’s attention, Zink therefore advises that you try speaking louder and/or using a higher-pitched voice.

Dogs in general, however, have much better hearing than we humans do. According to

Morgan Spector, author of Clicker Training for Obedience: Shaping Top Performance -- Positively, your dog’s hearing is 12 times more acute than yours. Even dogs with some hearing loss can detect a cellophane bag opening a quarter of a mile away! An average dog can hear sounds that we cannot hear past 100 yards.

Additionally, your dog has a keen nose. When you add that adept sense of smell to your dog’s impressive sense of hearing, it’s no wonder that dogs -- even senior ones with some hearing loss -- can make a beeline for potential snacks.

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Posted on April 20, 2012

Arvee says: Please don't start the dog vs. baby war already.You are altking about a DOG he has no way of knowing that toys he can get at are not for him why would he?You need to keep your baby's toys where your dogs can't get to them, not start a problem of dog vs. baby (one of the biggest reasons dogs get dumped when the new baby arrives).Not the dog's responsibility, it's yours. Please think this through and don't make an issue where there is none just keep the baby toys out of reach, you should be monitoring the dogs with the baby at all times anyway and it's not exactly sanitary to have the baby and his toys where the dogs can lick either.

Posted on April 20, 2012

Ibrahim says: I trained soglddes in Alaska for a year (and my family has a sleddog kennel) so I have been around dogs my whole life. I have found that alot of times puppies just like any other animal such as Alpacas and Sheep need to have that interaction with others. They need to be "disciplined" and if an older dog is willing to tell your puppy what the rules are, go for it. Your puppy will learn to do tricks from the older lab, and if your older lab "stays in the yard" the puppy will learn the perimeter.

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