How do dogs perceive time?
How do dogs perceive time? Most dogs are never late for a meal — they know exactly where to be at the same time every day. They also know when to expect their owner home and, like clockwork, place themselves patiently at the door for that arrival. When you witness this behavior, you assume dogs have a sophisticated understanding of time. But what is time really like for a dog? They say a human year is equivalent to about seven dog years. But what does this common theory tell us about a dog’s perception of time? Actually, very little. The idea of “dog years” comes from the life expectancy of dogs compared to humans. So it wouldn’t be correct to apply this idea to the concept of time perception. To understand how dogs perceive time, we first need to understand how humans perceive time. Arguably, each person experiences the passing of time in different ways at different times. <