How do Dogs Find their Way Home
Amazing Abilities or Super Powers?
The amazing stories of dogs walking for miles in the hopes of reuniting with their owners have entertained humans for quite some time. From fictional stories like Old Yeller or The Incredible Journey, to the credible and down to earth latest news lines, such stories often leave people wondering how dogs at times may return home as if almost their brains were equipped with the best global positioning systems available.
Saying that dogs are intelligent creatures is an under statement, as it takes much more than intelligence to wander through unknown streets and prairies in search of a familiar face. Rather, it takes a strikingly incomparable attention to detail along with the ability of being perfectly tuned up with all five senses to make it possible to happen.
These dog's qualities have been regularly in use for many years by human kind, turning dogs into magnificent retrieving tools in search and rescue efforts. Such dogs are capable of detecting scents for great distances and with great accuracy. Not to mention bomb detecting dogs that can detect fragments of explosives among hundreds of other smells.
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However, it takes more than a great sense of smell to sniff the way back home. Some studies suggest that dogs have an electromagnetic sense that makes time quite sensitive to minimal vibrations. This sixth sense is something that allows dogs to predict earthquakes and find their way home across several miles.
These awe inspiring abilities may stem from the dog's ancestor's past when wolves and wild dogs were forced to walk for miles each day in search of food and water and then come back to their territory. This has occurred thanks to special navigational maps dogs are capable of creating courtesy of a winning combination of abilities: exceptional sense of smell, a good observation of the terrain surrounding them, a good sense of hearing and possibly, an uncanny ability to perceive magnetic fields and the position of the sun
As amazing as these capabilites may sound, yet at times one would wonder why dogs still get lost on a daily basis if they have these uncanny navigational qualities of finding their way home? Why are newspaper columns full of lost and found dogs? And why is it so difficult to find a match between the lost and found dogs?
This still remains a mystery. Indeed, there is still much more research to be done. Yet, it feels good to believe that some dogs are equipped with some super powers, some form of extra sensorial perception coming from the supernatural and perhaps something that human kind will never find a plausible explanation for.