Is Your Dog a Ghost Buster?

Halloween can be devilishly fun. Ghouls and goblins traipse door-to-door amidst Disney princesses and Star Wars storm troupers. All that trick-or-treating and apple bobbing and jack-o-lantern carving and roasted-pumpkin-seed eating—What a hoot!

Did you ever think about the real reason for the holiday amidst all that partying and kid fun-stuff? What about real spooks? The ones that wreak havoc in your life, stealing your car keys and putting them under the couch cushion, or taking one sock in a pair out of the dryer, or using up the toilet paper without replacing it…AGAIN? Sometimes spooks come in dreams or in a pocket of cool air against your cheek, inexplicably in a warm room. That’ll put a shiver down your spine.

And that’s just what you humans know.

We waggers can sense a whole lot more.

Let’s take a look at the facts. Waggers out-strip you in several parameters of perception. According to Nature PBS, Bloodhounds as scent hounds are among the nosiest waggers in the world with around 230 million olfactory receptors compared with 40 million for humans. PetMeds says that dogs hear at 40,000 to 60,000 hz whereas humans only hear at 20 to 20,000 hz.

We waggers may be slighted when it comes to colored sight, but in low light we see better than you. That’s because we have more rods and our eye is constructed to use light much more efficiently.

Imagine how all that additional information coming at us translates into how we experience and interpret the world? All that extra-human sensory perception we are taking in is the reason dogs are being trained to detect things like oncoming heart attacks, blood sugar levels that are out of whack, even cancer.

So, why not ghosts?

Humans trump waggers in language and reasoning capabilities, but do you really need all that higher order thinking to sense a ghost?

In a recent Psychology Today article, Doctor Stanley Coren relayed the story of a friend whose wagger would consistently freeze and growl at a specific place on their walk. His dog’s behavior was very puzzling to him. Later, this person found out that the spot where his dog became agitated was the sight of a murder. While Doctor Coren chalked the dog’s behavior up to sensing something outside the ability of human physiology, he could not equate it with paranormal activity.

You may or may not agree with Doctor Coren, but let me ask you—if you find yourself haunted this Halloween, who ya gonna call?

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