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5 Super Facts- Debunking Myths on How Our Pets Really See the World

by Petoska IN 14 Oct 2023
5 Super Facts- Debunking Myths on How Our Pets Really See the World

Have you ever wondered what the world looks like through your dog's eyes? This is a question that has fascinated pet owners and animal lovers for generations. While we, as curious humans may never fully ‘comprehend in senses’ the particulars of our pet's sensory experiences, many scientific discoveries have shed light on the topic. Let us take a deeper look into how our doggos experience the world around them.

  1. Debunking the myth of black and white vision
  • For decades, a common belief was that dogs saw the world in black and white. This misconception gained popularity in the 1940s when optometrist Gordon Walls published his book, "The Vertebrate Eye and Its Adaptive Radiation," suggesting that dogs had very limited color vision.
  • It was after 1989 that an ophthalmologist named Jay Neitz and his discovered that dogs do perceive colors, although in a limited spectrum. Dogs can see blues and yellows but struggle to differentiate between reds and greens. In the retinas where humans possess three types of color-sensing receptors called cones, doggos have only two. This revelation was a significant milestone in our understanding of canine vision.
  1. Understanding your companion’s vision beyond colour
  • To truly understand how dogs see the world, we need to consider other factors such as movement, shape, and the way objects reflect light. Dogs rely on these visual cues to identify and interact with their environment.
  • Imagine a red ball lying on green grass. To a dog, this may not stand out vividly due to their limited red-green color discrimination. However, they can still distinguish the ball based on its shape, how it moves, and how it reflects light.
  • Moreover, it's important to note that the clarity of a dog's vision is not as sharp and their world is inherently blurrier compared to ours. Most dogs have 20/75 vision, meaning that they need to be 20 feet away from an object to see it as clearly as a human with clear.
  1. The advantage of canine night vision

  • While dogs may have limitations in daytime color vision, they excel in other aspects of sight. Dogs possess a higher number of rod cells, which are responsible for low-light and night vision, compared to humans.
  • Additionally, they have a unique structure, a mirror-like membrane that sits behind the retina and reflects light back onto it, enabling them to gather more visual detail.
  • This unique structure called tapetum lucidum is also the reason why a dog's eyes often appear to glow in the dark or in photographs taken with a flash.
  • Since they easily realize the shapes of the object in the night time, they prove to be excellent companions for nocturnal activities.
  1. The olfactory world of dogs
  • While humans are predominantly visual creatures, dogs experience the world in a profoundly different way due to their extraordinary sense of smell. In fact, dogs have a sense of smell that is 10,000 to 100,000 times more powerful than that of an average human.
  • As compared to humans with five million smell receptors, dogs possess up to a billion. This remarkable olfactory ability allows dogs to detect and identify scents at incredible distances. They can pick up odors from as far as 12 miles away, making them exceptional trackers and search-and-rescue animals.

  • The canine sense of smell is thus a fundamental aspect of their perception of the world. Dogs use their sense of smell to communicate with one another, gather information about their surroundings, and even identify health conditions in humans through scent.
  1. The integration of sight and smell
  • Recent scientific research has uncovered another fascinating aspect of canine perception: the integration of sight and smell in their brains. A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience revealed that dogs have a direct connection between their olfactory bulb, which processes smell, and their occipital lobe, which processes vision.
  • This unique integration of two sensory modalities had not been observed before in any animal species. So, for now what we know is that their sense of smell may influence their vision. This integration could potentially allow dogs to "smell in 3-D," as some experts speculate.

Harbor no limitations while choosing toys and accessories for your furry baby

When choosing toys and activities for your canine companions, it's not necessary to limit yourself to the two colors they can see, yellow and blue. Your furry baby in fact may enjoy a variety of toys, including those with different colors. Feel free to providing a range of Gearbuff rope toys, non-toxic chew toys and some with various colors and textures that may enrich your dog's playtime experience. Although they may not see the world in the same way that you do, they thrive in their unique sensory universe, where scent and other visual cues take precedence.

You may also want to choose some stunning security gears in varied colors and textures for your doggos from the Gearbuff range of leashes, adjustable collars and comfortable harnesses.

While humans may be attuned to the aesthetics of color, dogs have a vastly different sensory experience. Their world is not limited by their limited color vision, as they compensate for it with their acute sense of smell and their ability to detect movement, shapes, and light reflection.


Disclaimer - The information contained in this blog is for informational purposes only and the readers may use or apply the same at their will. We believe in the uniqueness of every pet and its parent. Therefore not every piece of information and idea presented here may be suited to all.

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