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Can dogs see Ghosts?

can dogs see ghosts

When thinking of the paranormal or supernatural eventually we start to wonder if animals can see ghosts and more specifically can a dog see ghosts? I will be discussing the heightened senses of dogs, and their reactions to perceived paranormal activity.

According to Animal Planet, dogs have keen hearing, exceptional scent receptors in their noses, and sight that means small movements catch their attention.  As the owner of two Jack Russell Terriers, I can tell you that all of these are true. I have one JRT that has exceptional eyesight and hearing and his loud, sharp bark in response to a snowflake floating by the living room window is both deafening and startling.

Jack Russell Terrier
Can dogs see ghosts–My dog Daisy with an evil look

Did you know that dogs sense of smell is between 1,000 to 10,000 times more sensitive than ours?  Or that they can hear, not only a cheese wrapper at 100 feet but at much higher frequencies and up to four times the distance of a human with normal hearing? Dogs are amazing, and so are their senses. After all, dogs can smell cancer in humans, and sense impending thunderstorms, tsunami’s, and seizures.

Can dogs see ghosts?

Some say that it is those heightened senses that makes it seem like dogs are reacting to ghosts. I know that my dogs will react to my energy. For example, I know that my dogs will go nuts when I begin to vacuum, and because I find that annoying, I give off a different energy before I even remove my Dyson from the closet. My dogs sense this and get amped up. Maybe the change in energy is felt by any dog accompanying a someone who visiting a supposedly haunted space.  Could that change in energy output be the cause of dogs raising their hair, growling, or staring at seemingly nothing?

Pet psychologist Marti Miller based in Austin, Texas, has said “Dogs don’t judge what is going on in the environment. While our own minds start to analyze what is happening, dogs don’t do that.” In other words, dogs don’t ignore what they sense because they are trying to convince themselves that they aren’t seeing an aura, an orb, or a ghost. Miller also said, “The simple answer is, we don’t know that dogs see ghosts or spirits.” She adds though “If you observe a dog standing in the corner, barking at nothing visible, then there’s a pretty good chance that he’s barking at an entity, spirit, or energy that doesn’t belong there.”

As Dogster explains, “According to anthropologists Frederic Laugrand and Jarich Oostent, Inuit communities in the Arctic believed dogs to have a number of unusual powers and properties. Different cultures believe that some dog breeds can exorcise spirits, while others believe that dogs can see death, and guide the departing spirits to the next world.”

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To conclude I don’t know whether dogs can see ghosts, but if you believe in ghosts, it’s not a far-off idea to believe that dogs can perceive them. I know that when I hear a strange noise, I don’t give it a second thought if my dogs don’t react.

If you have a question or comment, I would love to read them. Please leave them below.


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6 thoughts on “Can dogs see Ghosts?

  1. Carol

    I have never thought about dogs seeing ghosts, but now that I have read this post, I want to think so. I remember as a child, the dogs at home would bark for a long time at nights and I would wonder if a prowler was around. I am now thinking that they were probably seeing ghosts because in our area out in the country the dead were buried at the front of the house. As soon as night falls everyone would feel afraid because they thought ghosts were around.

    • Bill

      I’m not sure how comfortable I would feel about having the dead buried in my front yard. Thanks for coming by

  2. Linda

    I am a firm believer that dogs, and even cats, can sense the spirit world–or whatever you want to call it. I am fascinated by all things “paranormal” or “supernatural” even if everybody else thinks it’s nuts. And as for atmospheric changes like big storms and stuff, my guys are likely to be up and pacing and staring out the door, not barking but staring intently.

    Thanks for the article! I really enjoyed it!

    • Bill

      Glad you enjoyed it. This site will be devoted to the paranormal Thanks for your comments

  3. Mark Perkins

    Interesting article.
    Animals, in general, are very perceptive and I have read and heard of many instances where animals have reacted differently before acts of God, like earthquakes etc.
    Thank you an interesting read.

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