What will dog think if you show a mirror to it?

New Zealand
November 24, 2008 10:48am CST
Hi guys, I am just curious what will dog think if you show a mirror to it? Do they really know that it is only the mirror image of it or it will think its an other dog mate? :)
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Nov 08
My older dog used to bark when looking at the mirror when she was a puppy... I guess she is smart now and recognize the difference.... Or maybe she doesn't care about mirror images. My cat used to attack mirror for a while, disappointed that mirror is not fighting back... My younger dog cares about food only, mirror is not barking and not taking food away... There are at least 3 mirrors at my home they can look at everyday....no reaction so far...but, I never ask them what they think (!!!)....
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@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
24 Nov 08
Heheh animals are so cute :) I think people would react the same. Imagine an adult seeing the mirror for the first time, Im sure they'd be fighting it lol. Its all what learnt behaviour, the same as dogs, puppies dont know so they bark, old dogs have learned that its not a danger, but did they also learn that thats them?
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I think they do recognize own mirror image....
@daceyp (327)
24 Nov 08
whenever we show our dogs themselves in the mirror they arent quite sure what to make of it.then they start to bark then the tails go and they just stare.i think in the end they do know it is themselves
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• New Zealand
24 Nov 08
ohh.. I see.. Thanx for the reply. Lets wait what others have to tell about this :)
@unagie (122)
• India
25 Nov 08
welll my dog used to bark his lungs out he used to see his mirror image...
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@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
24 Nov 08
I know what most dog (male) would say: Ciao Bella! Now seriously this is a good question actually. Do animals know its them who they see? For example dogs mainly rely on their smell and they cant smell a mirror. Im sure that would confuse them a lot. I doubt they understand its them what they are seeing.
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@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
24 Nov 08
When we first moved into our house our dog flipped out in the middle of the night because he saw himself in the closet mirror. It scared the heck out of me, but it was really quite funny since he actually thought it was another dog. Finally he calmed down and realized he was looking at himself. It was a really cute moment.