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Do Dogs See Ghosts or Spirits?

Updated on March 21, 2015
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Dogs are man's best friend. Mary has been around dogs all her life and loves every breed she's met. You can never go wrong with a dog.

I came across an older question asked by jeanniedoe, "Can Dogs See Ghosts or Spirits?", right here on Hub Pages. This topic intrigued me and I decided to do some research and write a hub about it.

Things Dogs Do For Us

Most of us love dogs. They are almost as special to us as we are to them. When you come home, whether you've been gone five minutes of five hours, no one greets you like your dog. He's so happy to see you and welcome you back, licking and jumping like you've been gone for days. When you're sick who stays by your side night and day? Your dog. But there's more to the love and generosity of dogs.

Service dogs provide a service, from seeing eye dogs to dogs for children with autism. They help people twenty-four seven. Dogs have been trained to help soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder, they have been trained to help people in wheelchairs, they can retrieve objects, open and close doors and so much more.

Did you know trained service dogs can predict some medical incidents from six to twenty-four hours in advance? Some of these incidents include seizures, respiratory issues, and diabetes They can sense or smell chemical changes in the human body....amazing, but true. Dogs have been credited with smelling out cancer. Dogs have sensed when hurricanes or even a tsunami was coming. Dogs are truly amazing and helpful to mankind.

I could go on and on about the good things dogs do for us, like smelling out drugs or guns, visiting the sick or elderly, but this is about dogs and spirits.

Dogs have their own way of communicating and sensing.
Dogs have their own way of communicating and sensing.

Dogs and Ghosts

Dogs' senses far surpass ours. Their sense of smell is 1,000 to 10,000 more sensitive than ours. They can hear higher frequencies than we can and they can hear four times further than we can. As for ghosts or spirits, Marti Miller says, "They feel the barometric pressur change and may react by shaking, panting, salivating and feeling anxious, or they may not react at all."

Animal Planet has a series called "The Haunted" in which it shows episodes of family dogs reacting to what is believed to be, the presence of spirits. According to, "Scientific studies on dogs' senses offer debatable evidence of dogs' psychic and sensory perceptions"

Before we go any further let's define ghosts versus spirits. I really didn't know this until researching for this piece. According to, " A ghost is the manifestation of a person (or perhaps an animal) who is no longer living. A spirit is a broader term that includes not only ghosts, but other supernatural entities that may occasionally make their presence known." I'm not sure what other entities that might be and I don't know if I care to find out. Thinking about ghost and spirits is enough for me.

Have you ever seen your dog stand up straight and look at something that isn't there? Maybe there is something there, a spirit you can't see. What about a dog barking at absolutely nothing, well at least you think it's absolutely nothing. What if they are staring at something unseen and you can't get their attention? Could they be staring at a ghost? There is also the dog that appears to be frightened of something for no apparent reason. Perhaps he's seen a ghost.

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Interesting FAQs About Dogs' Senses

  • Dogs can sense things human senses cannot
  • According to the Paranormal Investigations Team of Utah (PITU), a dog has anywhere from 125 million to 300 million scent glands, depending on its breed
  • Duke University's Canine Cognition Center studies the remarkable perception of dogs.
  • Dr. Stanley Coren, a psychology professor and dog lover, relates a family story based on Jewish folklore about dogs and their ability to see the "Angel of Death."
  • Scientists believe that due to their extraordinary level of cognition they have the ability to sense ghosts. (

Maybe it's the psychic energy that dogs sense or their level of awareness if a ghost is present. Perhaps it is all our imagination. Clairvoyant and metaphysical expert Christine Agro tells us about older dogs, “As they release their hold on this world, their ability to see the other side deepens,” she said. “It’s a time [for you and your pet] to celebrate your life together and prepare yourself for their transition.”

I visited where they talk of training dogs to be ghost hunters. Seriously, you can go there and learn about the different dogs they've trained to do this. Of course you have to believe that ghost hunters really find ghosts to believe that dogs trained as ghost hunters do too.

An article entitled "Do Animals see ghosts" on gives us yet another thing to think about,"A great many esteemed psychic researchers have performed experiments in haunted houses with cats and dogs, as well as with other animals, and have often found the animal to have been frightened." Why would the animals be frightened? Well, because they've seen a ghost of course.

Italian Physical Researcher Prof. Ernest Bozzano says that in twenty-three instances animals became aware of the ghostly presence before their human companions.

Hiding or checking things out?
Hiding or checking things out? | Source

Do Dogs See Ghosts or Spirits?

Well, in summary, if you don't believe in ghosts or spirits you certainly won't believe dogs can see or sense them. If you do believe in ghosts and spirits, however, you must believe dogs can sense them. Unexplained canine behavior suddenly becomes explainable if a ghost or spirit is present and disturbing the dog. If a dog does sense a ghost or spirit, unlike humans, he won't try to rationalize what he's seeing. He will either watch it and keep an eye on it or he will be frightened and run away. There is no true thinking power involved it is more of a fight or flee reaction.

Most dogs, however, are our protectors and if we are in any danger, even from a ghost, they will protect us with their last breath. How many dogs have risked their lives for their masters?

Recent studies have shown that some animals see in ultraviolet. That means they can see things the human eye cannot. Our eyes block out UV wavelengths. According to Alicia Graef in her article "New Study Reveals Cats and Dogs Have Super Power Vision", "The ability to see ultraviolet light may serve a number of purposes for animals that range from helping them see at night and communicate with each other to helping them find food and avoid predators." Could we stretch this premise a bit further and say this is what causes dogs (and cats) to see ghosts? Their super sight in black and white with UV wavelengths could give them that extra boost.

As with any discussion there are two sides to every story. Any one who is good at debate can pick a side and prove it, or disprove it. So where does that leave us with our topic? Can dogs see ghosts or spirits? I would have to say the belief is up to the believer until we can prove anyone actually sees ghosts or spirits or disapprove anyone sees ghosts or spirits.

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      That's what I thought Rangoon House. Their senses seem to surpass ours in many areas so why not?

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      4 years ago from Australia

      This is such an interesting topic that I have never before considered - dogs certainly have heightened senses, so it is definitely thought provoking.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      I'm with you Sg, if they're there, dogs'll know it.

      Peg, it's been proven dogs can sense seizures and cancer in a person, seizures before they happen, so why not ghosts? We really haven't proven there are no ghosts.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      What an interesting topic for an article, Mary. This is an area where I hope one day we will find out that dogs had a lot more going on than we ever gave them credit for. I can say that after one of my dogs passed away in one of the rooms of the house, that years later my Buddy Lee would stop in his tracks and stare at the ceiling in that room. It was clear he was watching something, but he didn't bark or act scared. He was just alert to a presence, or so it seemed.

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      Sheila Brown 

      4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Dogs are amazing animals. I once had a friend who had a dog that could predict when he would have a seizure and would gently push him to the ground. I don't' know that I believe in ghosts, but if they do exist, I'm sure a dog would be able to detect them.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Very good points Deborah. They do seem to sense out personalities and dislike the bad guys.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Animals have an uncanny sense of precognition, like the fact that they know your friend or acquaintance better than you do. Is it aura related. Perhaps. They can also find their way home after being long distance, which is due to the earth's magnetic field. Stranger things have happened...

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Deergha, you either believe or you don't there's no in between! I so appreciate your shares and votes. Have a great week. Blessings back to you.

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      4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!


      I too have came across similar experiences like Faith as she mentioned above and I do believe that Dogs can see spirits. This is from my personal experience. And a very interesting hub sure. Thank you sharing and shared across with votes up interesting.

      Hope you are doing great and God bless you always.


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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Suhail, one never knows for sure, but when you know your dog you certainly know when something is amiss. You've given two good examples. Always good to have you visit one of my hubs.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      4 years ago from Mississauga, ON


      Here is the deal. If I see my dog spooked at something that I am sure he was seeing at a distance, I am always calm. I know dog's intellect and the shades of colours it sees make certain unexplained things spooky for it. However, if my dog is by my side and he suddenly gets nervous and starts quivering and whimpering then I can suspect there is something eerie going on.

      Luckily, the latter situation hasn't arisen, yet :-)

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      4 years ago from now on

      lol, dog gone it, I wish I had said that!

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Well tsadjatko I guess this study has gone to the dogs! Thanks for the info.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      4 years ago from now on

      Great topic for a hubpage Mary and you made it interesting to read but since you brought it up I didn't mention the UV because the coverage of the "study" is a ruse. As is usually the case with the media reporting on scientific studies the reporting of the study about animals seeing UV light is a distortion and sensationalization of the facts. The article I read states "For the study, researchers from the City University London and the University College London examined the eyes of 38 different species to measure how much light could go through the lens to reach the retina." The article then states "Animals with transparent lenses can process UV light" Yes they "can" because the UV light isn't blocked but the study doesn't prove that they "do" process UV light so from what I have read of the study all that means is that UV light can pass through their lenses whereas in humans it is blocked. There is nothing in the study that confirms the UV light is actually "seen" by the brain or if it is just how it appears.

      As far as seeing ghosts with "UV vision" there is no evidence that ghosts or spirits reflect UV light or believe me scientists would have detected them with the use of detectors that are sensitive to UV that convert it into a form that we can see. These detectors have existed for a long time, yet no one has provided "proof" ghosts or spirits exist with their use.

      Almost always when you read about some study in the media that sounds like something fantastic has been or is on the eve of being discovered and then look at the study you will invariably discover the study in no way indicates the conclusions the reporter tries to lead you to believe and the whole article exists solely to sell copy, promote some agenda or trumped up theory, but not to report on the facts mainly because the facts are usually boring.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Poetryman since you don't have a dog it makes it all the more special you came by to read!

      tsadjatko, its obvious we agree on a few things as we both have the same figures on dog's smell but seem to differ a bit on their vision. You don't mention their UV capabilities? I have heard it is good to buy blue toys as they can see them better. Thanks for the great comment, and may we all be "sweet smelling".

      Suhail, welcome. I know, as you've pointed out, there are so many reason on so many levels that dogs can't see ghosts. Of course that is all on the premise there are no ghosts. How about aliens? Now that's another hub all together!

      mvaivata, there are so many old customs from our grandparents not to mention tales of ghosts, at least I've heard a few. It seems we all agree dogs can sense things we cannot! Thanks for stopping by.

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      4 years ago

      This is a really fascinating, thoughtful Hub. My grandmother always said that when you moved into a house it was important to bring an animal with you - any animal - as they'd be able to alert you to any sort of sinister presence. Her theory was that they would not only let you know, but also soak up the bad energy - and I suppose this would be one manner of them protecting you. I'm not sure about the latter half of her theory, but I do think they can sense things we certainly cannot.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Very well researched and well written article! Hats off to you, Mary.

      I haven't experienced any ghostly presence and neither has my dog, I hope. I pray to God that my belief that there is no such things as ghosts and spirits continue till I live. My dog did get spooked a number of times, but I have a scientific reason for that from couple of friends. On that basis, here are my two bits:

      1. Certain people have got an eye to see ghosts and spirits and have a higher probability to experience them.

      2. Dogs have acute sense of smell and better hearing and peripheral vision, but less intelligence than humans. Hence, for example, they can't connect a sound coming from a distant invisible train and seeing a piece of glass reflecting moonlight as two different sources of sound and light.

      However, having said this, when my dog gets spooked, I feel as I am going to have a cardiac arrest due to fear lol.

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      4 years ago from now on

      Well if you believe in ghosts, I'd be more concerned whether ghosts can see my dog, or me. Are they watching us? Or are we as invisible to them as they are to us? Maybe they are sitting around discussing among themselves the question, "Do ghosts see humans? Do you believe in Humans?"

      Scientists believe a dog's Olfaction, their primary special sense to be a thousand times to 10,000,000 times more sensitive than a human’s (depending on the breed). In fact, A human has about 5 million olfactory receptors, compared to a dog, who has anywhere from 125 million to 300 million (depending on the breed).

      On the other hand Dogs' overall vision is not better than a human's. While a human’s vision is considered perfect at 20/20, a dog's vision is on average 20/75. But their low-light vision is much better than a human’s. Studies have shown that dogs see in colors of various shades of blue and yellow. For example, a rainbow to a dog would be as follows: dark blue, light blue, light gray, light yellow, dark brownish yellow, and dark gray. Dogs can recognize objects better when they are moving and sometimes overlook the same object when it is still.

      So I would say if ghosts exist, or if you don't believe in ghosts which I don't, let's say spirits (which do exist) my guess is a dog most likely smells them rather than sees them as any analysis of the biology of their eyes does not reveal the kind of advantage they have over us with their sense of smell.

      Let's face it, a ghost of a long dead person or an evil demonic spirit must stink to high heaven on some level and I'd bet an angel smells as sweet as can a dog.

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      4 years ago

      I don't have a dog in that fight! I don't own a dog. Still, it was an interesting read.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Audrey, definitely a subject that needs a lot of thought.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Well Mary, your hub puts me in a thoughty mood--not sure where I land on this question--

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Patricia, I'm with you after all, you know what dog spelled backwards is! Blessings my friend. Thanks for the votes shares and Awesome HubPages!

      Heidi, I agree. Sounds like your dog was aware of something you were not. Glad you like my min pin, he's our joy.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      4 years ago from Chicago Area

      I think they can see and sense so much that we cannot. Had a strange experience when talking with an animal communication specialist. My dog instantly awoke from deep sleep and was instantly alert... but not in response to some noise or other disturbance in the area. So, yes, I think they can sense things that are very far beyond our own sense capabilities. Love the min pin pics!

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      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely believe our pups can see what we cannot not and know when someone or 'thing' is just out of our sight. And I will go one step further and say that kitties can too. I have no doubt that some of my kitties have or have had that power.

      And actually I do not think that it should surprise us so much...these creatures are such wonderful beings why should they not have such a gift.

      Voted up ++++ shared and pinned to Awesome HubPages

      Know that Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Exactly my point Aufait, thought provoking. Probably something we will never know, at least while we are on this earth.

      Examiner-1 their senses are certainly more acute than our so it would seem they would be able to see/sense spirits before us.

      peachpurple, that is very interesting and brings credence to dogs , and other animals, at least feeling the presence of ghost.

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      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, dogs do. EVery year at the month of august, it is the 7th month according to the chinese calendar here the ghost festival begins. This is the time when dogs starts howling in the night when they seen ghost. No matter how the dog owners tried to keep them down, dogs kept howling. They fear

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      I do not even own a dog but I have seen others, read about them, seen dosumentaries on them and I believe that dogs, cats and practically any other animal can see/sense ghosts, spirits and angels before humans.

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      From the research I've done over the years, ghosts and spirits are not interchangeable, not the same thing at all. If spirits choose to manifest themselves in any way, visibly, audibly, through smell or otherwise, there is no reason an animal couldn't see, hear, smell, or otherwise note their presence as well as a person could.

      I've studied the paranormal and related subjects, as I have aliens and spaceships from outer space all of my life. There is no scientific proof on any of it, or at least none any credible authority is willing to share that I know of. What I have learned would fill a book or 2, and many of them have already been written.

      Interesting subject and very thought provoking. Voted up and interesting.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thank you Manatita. I leave the interpretation to the reader. Blessings to you.

      Catherine they could be reacting to something very normal or perhaps something paranormal. Thanks for the vote!

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      Catherine Giordano 

      4 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Interesting proposition. Perhaps since dogs have better smell and hearing, they are reacting to something very ordinary (not a ghost or spirit), but we can't see/hear it ourselves. voted up

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      4 years ago from london

      Well Mary, they can do a thousand things, dogs, and they are pretty sharp all right. Ghosts? Interesting one.

      Well written and pretty interesting Hub. In love and light.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Sha, ghosts have been a topic for more years than I care to count. Something that fascinating and enduring is most likely true. I've heard stories of family members seeing ghosts. As to dogs and cats, certainly. They can see so many things we can't. I agree, your cat probably is seeing something. She's not pawing at air that's for sure.

      Eric, you are so right. We do have a long way to go to understand about them and so many others things out of our realm. Blessings.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A very interesting hub. It sure makes one stop and ponder. I am not convinced in anyway about the subject. But I sure will pay closer attention. We have a long way to go to understand all about our four legged friends.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Mary, this is a fascinating topic. I believe because I've seen ghosts and others have seen my spirit. So, yes. I say it's highly probable that dogs can sense ghosts even when they choose not to reveal themselves to us.

      I think cats can probably do the same. I've seen one of my cats suddenly stare at something in the corner (that only she can see), then go over to the corner and paw at whatever it is she's seeing. I always tease her, saying she's on kitty crack. Now I'm thinking she really IS seeing something!

      Excellent topic and hub, Mary.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Hopefully Faith if it is anything non-ghostly it's a dead mouse or squirrel or something. Little animals have a way of squirming into small spaces and dying. If, on the other hand....Blessings returned.

      Bill, I have to say I'm a believer too, that's what drew me to this topic in the first place. Yes, if you find proof let me know, I have a feeling everyone will be interested ;)

      Ah, Frank of the highly imaginative mind, I'm surprised you don't believe in ghosts but glad you liked my hub all the same.

      Jodah, that's the key, IF they do exist then dogs can sense them! I think dogs are amazing too.

      Kiss and Tales you make a good point. Perhaps it is angels watching over us that dogs can sense. God only knows.

      DJ, dogs don't deal well with human death. My aunt had a chihuahua that was so inconsolable when she died we had to have the dog put down. No one could get near it, it tried to bite everyone. It was heartbreaking. Glad you enjoyed my foray into the supernatural.

      Peggy, I like that explanation better than ghosts or demons that's for sure. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      My mind is certainly open to the prospect of our animals being able to sense and perhaps see things that we cannot. Very interesting subject! Sometimes one of our cats will suddenly seem to stare intently at something over my shoulder. I would like to think it is my guardian angel. Up votes and will share.

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      DJ Anderson 

      4 years ago

      My Dad died quite unexpectedly.

      We had two small terriers that went with us when we drove

      home for the funeral. My Dad had been quite fond of our two dogs.

      But, when we arrived, we watched as the dogs refused to step into

      Dad's bedroom. They would stand at the door and look in and 'watch'

      something, but could not be convinced to step into his room.

      There is much that we do not understand, concerning the spirit world.

      Our pets cannot tell us what they see, hear or smell. I do believe they have sensory perceptions that are far greater than our own.

      This is a most interesting hub. I am a dog lover and a believer in ghosts.

      You hit this one out of the park!!

      Great job!!


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      Kiss andTales 

      4 years ago

      The question I do believe is logical and all things can be answered. I believe they can also see spirit creatures known as angels , but these ghost as another name are fallen and rebel angels.

      yes they can , there is and account in the bible that tells us that happened

      I will share it with you.


      Nu 22:23 And the donkey saw Jehovah’s Angel standing in the road with his drawn sword in his hand, and the donkey turned out of the road and went in the fields; and Balaam beat the donkey to turn it into the road.

      New World Translation

      Nu 22:27 When the donkey saw Jehovah’s angel, it lay down under Baʹlaam, so Baʹlaam became furious and kept beating the donkey with his staff.

      ” 31 And Jehovah proceeded to uncover Baʹlaam’s eyes, so that he saw Jehovah’s angel stationed in the road with his drawn sword in his hand. At once he bowed low and prostrated himself on his face.

      Yes animals can see when humans can not.

      but notice in our case it is not by our own power we see them. Jehovah uncovered his eyes That there was no doubt who this Angel was, his Angel not a ghost or demond.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love this hub Mary. Dogs are a huge part of my life. If ghosts and spirits do exist then dogs can definitely sense or see them. As you say they do have a sixth sense and can tell if a disaster is imminent as well as detect cancers and disease. They certainly have a sixth sense and are amazing animals Well done, voted up.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      Til, lets just say I was entertained by your hub, I don't believe but it's fascinating nevertheless... do dogs have a ghost sense, makes good fiction if you ask me.. LOL :)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well my friend, that was one of the more interesting topics I've ever seen on HP. Do I believe? I have no reason to not believe it is possible. Since I happen to believe ghosts are highly possible, then why wouldn't dogs be able to sense them? Of course, I'm basing the whole discussion on the existence of ghosts, and I can't prove that....sigh....if I find proof I'll let you know. :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Eeks digenes! I never thought of that before ... We can walk up underneath our home but it gradually gets smaller and tighter where one would have to crawl to get to that part underneath the home. Our water heater is under there but you can stand straight up where it is. However, my husband said there is a strange cement blocked in wall right in that area underneath the house. I asked him what as behind it and he said he did not know because there is no way to get in it. It is sort of where our washer and dryer is placed, which is off that same foyer. I figured that is where all the lint from the dryer goes, but don't know why it would be cement blocked off in a 6 X 6 foot square or so? We know who the builder is and I may just ask him about it. Maybe it is some kind of extra support for the house.

      Mary, it was so strange how she would follow me around the house and I noticed that when I walked through that particular spot, she would be mindful to step around it! I may have to anoint it with oil : )

      I sure hope nothing bad happened in that spot! May have to check out the history of the home. It is built up on a hill a bit. The house is not very old as it was built in 2000.

      My beloved Cookie was killed a couple of years ago.


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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Ann, it is my belief if there are ghosts, dogs can see them. We have been so blessed to have these wonderful creatures in our lives. They are able to provide so much comfort and help to us. Not too sure about training them to hunt ghosts either.

      Bob, I believe dogs only see in black and white. They have no color spectrum with which to deal making it easier for them to see predators, etc. Always good to see you my friend.

      Thanks Phyllis, loving our dogs we tend to give them attributes they may or may not have. It is up to us to decide what we believe. Thanks for the votes.

      Paula, you're good. Yes, our dear little Buzz cost us a small fortune when he was younger but is doing well now and owns the family. He was small but lucky for him it didn't last, besides, he's quick so he's out of the way before you know it! Hmm, maybe Toby has secrets he's not telling! Thanks for the votes and shares.

      Thanks Ruby. I love dogs of all sizes, shapes and forms whether they can see ghosts or not :) Thanks too for the vote and share.

      Faith, Bob might have a point, there could be something under that floor OR something may have happened there leaving a spirit sense behind, we'll never know. Thanks so much for the votes and shares! Blessings my friend.

      Jackie there are so many things we don't know or understand and often undecided is the best choice! Glad you liked my article.

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      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Faith Reaper: I would have been tempted to dig up the floor in that spot! Your dog certainly sensed - probably smelled - something under there...maybe a body!!!


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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      The videos do make it seem they see something but I am not sure what I believe about that. I have never seen a ghost and never feared any whereas my mom claimed to and was very afraid of them. If believing means seeing then I will stay undecided! lol Interesting article!

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Interesting hub, Mary. Our Jack Russell Terrier, Cookie, just like the one in the first video, would incessantly bark at one spot in the foyer/hallway leading out to our front garage. It was so eerie that she looked at one particular spot on the floor and would start barking, but what is even stranger is that she would make sure to walk around the spot and on through the spot. No matter when she was barking or not, she would never just run through that spot on the floor. So strange. And I knew her barks and it was the kind of bark she did when someone was around. Eeks!

      Up +++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

      Blessings always

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm afraid I am a nonbeliever in ghosts, but dogs do a wonderful service with aiding the disabled. I do believe they have a deeper sense, it's a proven fact that they warn people when danger is approaching, like a tornado. I enjoyed reading your hub. Voted up and shared..

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      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Til....Awwwww, how totally precious your darling EXPENSIVE baby is....LOL. I still remember you sharing what it cost to save him! When you first got such a tiny baby, were you fearful of stepping on it?? As clumsy as I am, that is what I would worry about.

      Great hub as always GF.....Our fur babies have such incredibly finely-tuned senses, it's curious how to know what they may be reacting to or what they hear. Toby will sometimes act as though he's agitated and start moving about & whining.....while I see, hear or feel nothing and just wonder what's wrong with him.

      In the case of dogs & ghosts, sounds to me like 2 creatures who aren't talking!!...........UP++tweeted & pinned.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Wow ! Those two videos do show that the dogs sense or see something we do not. Amazing! I believe dogs can see ghosts and spirits. Every dog I have had ha shown signs of being more aware of the spirit world than humans are.

      Very interesting article, Mary. I enjoyed reading it. Voted up and H+

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      4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Only fairly recently have we been made aware of just how powerful is our dog's sense of smell and, to a lesser extent, hearing...many have better vision too, although they don't apparently see anything in the red spectrum (I'm unsure of this). As for any sort of metaphysical sense, well, as the saying goes, it's for the birds I'm afraid!

      Lot of rubbish, but they are aware of so much more in the physical world.


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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      I believe dogs, along with some other animals, have a sixth sense. I've owned several dogs and each one has provided me with enough to convince me of such a thing. They seem to sense people's characters, can warn of dangers and, yes, see things that we can't.

      So there is no reason to disbelieve that they can also see ghosts.

      I enjoyed this fascinating hub, Mary, and your research is equally intriguing; not sure that I like the idea of dogs being trained to hunt ghosts though.

      I've seen the trained dogs who helped the disabled too; they're amazing!

      Great stuff, Mary.



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