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While this is a gorgeous video in itself, we are sharing it with you as an example of how a dog processes what they see, hear and smell. All 3 things need to match up for them to trust what is in front of them. When a dog is lost or under stress, their sense of smell (olfactory system) is shut down by their body because they can't cope with all of the stimulus, so their flight or avoidance protection mechanism takes over. So even if they see their owner, hear their owner, if they can't smell their owner they don't believe it is their owner. This is the most misunderstood lost dog and lost cat behaviour. People will often chase after their lost pet or believe that if their lost pet was nearby that their pet would recognise them and come to them. These are falsehoods. The majority of lost pets will run away from their owner or avoid their owner. Please share to help educate others. The more people that understand lost pet behaviour, the better chance pets have of being reunited with their families. Thanks,from the Pet Search team. ... See MoreSee Less
It only took one sniff to remember his best friend
Morgan SaintThat's really interesting, I didn't realise that but it totally makes sense... Ages ago, I lost my cat after moving house with her and letting her outside probably a bit too soon. Anyway I letterboxed, and pinned posters to poles everywhere (in Sydney, also before internet 😊) and she had a collar with tag with my new phone number and after 6 heartbreaking days & nights, I got a call from a guy 2 streets away with a sighting. I sped to the location and the guy is there saying, gee, she was literally right here, I read her collar & now she's just wandered off again. She couldn't have been far. I called and called and searched frantically. I shook her dry food box for all its worth! Why didn't she come to my familiar voice?? I was so confused, why didn't she come to me?? But now I realise she must have been too scared & stimulated to react to my voice and possibly sight. I returned the next day, calling her name repeatedly (the neighbours must've thought I was bonkers), then I spotted her curled up asleep in the sun under a shrub!! I ran into the yard, and picked her up as she was awaking (I sobbed loudly to the world - I found her!!!) and cried like a baby with happiness and relief with her snuggling in my arms the whole way home. She lived a charmed life with me for another 17 years or so. 😽14 hours ago · 6