How to Train a Dog To Tell the Time!

by Brigitte Smith on July 21, 2007

Okay, I admit it – I’m not going to teach you how to train a dog to tell the time. The fact is your dog probably already can!

How to Train a DogMost non-dog owners would never believe that dogs can tell the time. I suppose it’s not one of the types of dog behaviors you’d necessarily expect to find in a dog.

But they can! And it’s innate – you don’t even have to find out how to train a dog to tell the time – he’ll do it naturally!

Of course, our dogs know our routines like when we’re due to leave the house, when they’re likely to go for a walk, be fed, etc. But that’s probably just habit. The dog gets used to the sequence of you putting your shoes on, picking up your keys and heading to the door – that sort of thing.

Many dogs, however, really can tell the time.

When I was a child we had an adorable black toy poodle called Candy. My sisters and brother and I used to come home from school in two stages – the little ones at 3.15 p.m. and the older ones at around 4.00 p.m.

And who do you think would trot outside at 3.10 p.m. and again at 3.55 p.m., and wait at the top of the driveway until we arrived and greeted her? Yes, that smart little dog who could obviously tell the time!

One of my Healthy Happy Dogs newsletter readers, Roger Najarian, from Las Vegas, Nevada, sent me in the following story about another dog that could tell the time. Here’s Roger’s story:

” I remember my mother telling me about the dog she and her sisters had as a child. I believe she said it was a German shepherd. Anyway, this dog (Mickey was his name) would walk the girls to school in the morning and stayed with them, and enjoyed the attention of all the other kids at the playground, until the bell rang and the kids went inside.

Mickey then would return home. The school was almost a mile from their house.

How to Train a DogSchool was let out at 3:30 in the afternoon. Every day, without fail, Mickey, no matter what he was doing, and that included sleeping, would get up at 3:10 and walk down to my mother’s school. He would sit patiently at the schoolyard gate, until my mother finally came out. Of all 9 children in my mother’s family, Mickey’s favorite was my mother.

They would all walk home together and enjoyed this time ritual for several years. He only did this on school days. He knew the difference.

So, if anyone ever says, dogs can not tell time, tell them about Mickey. It wasn’t a once or twice thing, this went on for years.

I will always remember my mother telling me this (on more than one occasion). I’ve remembered it for nearly 50 years now, and even today, it brings a smile to me. I pass this on to you now, and hope that you share it with others. I hope it brings a smile to you. its so amazing, when you think about it.

Some people, I’m sure, may not believe it, but if you knew my mother, you would know that the story was 100% truth (she was not one who would embelish a story, or make it a little bigger than what it really was).

Please share this with your readers. I hope that a few will remember it, and tell it to others. Knowing that what this amazing dog did, will live on further, makes me very happy.

My very best to you, and your dogs (family).
-Roger ”

I’m sure your dog can tell the time, too – it’s only people who don’t have dogs who don’t believe this!

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