There’s an old saying: “If your dog doesn’t like someone, you probably shouldn’t either.” I love that quote, but is it true? Can dogs sense bad people?
Many people believe that dogs have a special canine intuition when it comes to sensing all sorts of things like the weather, sickness, or danger. Science tells us there is no proof that dogs possess a special ability to sense these things. But in this case, I think science is wrong.
Anyone with a dog will agree. Dogs can sense bad people. Science just hasn’t figured out how to put together all of the pieces of the puzzle.
There are two possible explanations for dog intuition. The first is that dogs have some sort of sixth sense. In other words, they have an ability to perceive things that we do not. This would explain how dogs are able to know when someone is bad news.
Many times, people think of a sixth sense in terms of the supernatural. (Or they just think of the Bruce Willis movie.) But maybe dogs have a sixth sense of another variety. One that doesn’t involve the supernatural, but gives them insight into a person.
The second possibility is that dogs use their existing senses to notice things that we do not. We know that dogs have better senses of smell and better hearing than humans. It could be that bad people let off a particular smell not noticed by our human noses.
Sound crazy? Before you laugh, think of all the things we currently use dogs noses to detect. Dogs find drugs, bombs, and even predict seizures. On top of that, there are scientific studies showing that some dogs can smell cancer in people.
Either way, dogs are very observant. They pick up on body language, physical cues and other behavior we might not recognize. They notice patterns in our behavior and they respond. It’s possible that they combine they superior senses with their powers of observation to create their own unique “sixth sense.”
The bottom line is that wherever dog intuition comes from, dogs are a good judge of character. My advice? Follow the old saying: “if your dog doesn’t like someone, you probably shouldn’t either.” Besides, why would you want to be friends with someone your best friend doesn’t like?
What do you think? Is your dog a good judge of character?
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