Observation Skills and Car Commericials – What does your dog notice?
Earlier this year, there was a Hyundai car commercial that played with great frequency for a few months. The reason I remember this specific commercial is because it had a distinctive “beep” that would sound throughout the commercial. It sounded like the beep given off by a smoke alarm when the battery is dying.
As you can imagine, it was quite unpopular in our house, especially with Jasper, who has a profound fear of smoke detectors and the noises they make. Whenever the commercial would come on, he would immediately wake up and go into the bedroom – his safe spot, with Daisy. I started to anticipate when the commercial would be on and start muting the TV just in case. It just upset him too much.
We haven’t seen this commercial in about a month now, but it appears it was not just the beep that Jasper picked up on in that commercial. It was the background music too. Earlier this week, and again last night, Jasper stopped in the middle of playing with his ball to stop and look at the television as a new commercial came on. It uses the same background music (sans the beep) as the Hyundai commercial.
I watched as he came to a complete stop, turned his head slowly towards the television, and waited. A few seconds later, when it was evident there would be no beep, he again resumed playing.
I love studying dogs and watching how they figure things out, but even I am surprised by how observant they really are to the sights, sounds and smells around them. I can drive the same route every day and not notice a new sign or building until many days or months later. I have walked my dogs in the neighborhood and been completely oblivious to the sight of a squirrel on the ground until my dogs alerted me to it.
It makes me wonder how much more we notice in a given day if we had our dog’s attention to detail. If you get a chance today, observe your dog for a few minutes. What noises causes their ears to twitch? What movements or sounds cause them to turn their head? What smells excite them? I would love to hear what you noticed or observed about your dog’s own observation skills.