Is it true that dogs also sense earthquakes?

@cudamani (996)
India
December 14, 2009 7:11am CST
Someone tole me that dogs too other than buffaloes have the extra perceptory organ by which they can sense earthquakes. I do not know how fa that is true. If they have the ability to do so then they might very well warn the owner about the impending danger by barking and thereby alerting the inmates of the house.
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• India
15 Dec 09
Yes, they can.Their extra sensitiveness makes them aware of any impending disaster. Birds and dogs can sense earthquakes etc much before they occur.Elephants sense seismic vibrations of earthquakes.The belief that animals can predict earthquakes has been around for centuries.In 373 B.C.,historians recorded that animals,including rats, snakes and weasels, deserted the Greek city of Helice in droves just days before a quake devastated the place. Accounts of similar animal anticipation of earthquakes have surfaced across the centuries since. Catfish moving violently, chickens that stop laying eggs and bees leaving their hive in a panic have been reported.Countless pet owners claimed to have witnessed their cats and dogs acting strangely before the ground shook—barking or whining for no apparent reason,or showing signs of nervousness and restlessness. But precisely what animals sense,if they feel anything at all, is a mystery.One theory is that wild and domestic creatures feel the Earth vibrate before humans. Other ideas suggest they detect electrical changes in the air or gas released from the Earth.
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
15 Dec 09
I live in California and experienced the 6.5 earth quake in December 2003. I live about a mile from the epicenter. My dogs paced and whined just before the quake hit. When the quake boom occurred, the dogs started barking so I was alerted to what was going on. By that time I had been thrown across the house, and was thinking that it was a terrorist attack (after all, 9-11 happened just the year before). It took a few minutes for me to realize that it was actually an earthquake. Each time there was an after shock coming the dogs would whine to alert me. The cats too reacted by pacing when one was about to happen. After the quake hit, the cats were under the bed (someplace safe) and it took several days before they came out to do more than eat and use the litter box before they went back into hiding. Dogs and cats are more perceptive, as they depend more on their senses to survive than humans do. Actually, many animals have that perception. Just before an earthquake, the birds all become silent... it's that eerie quiet that tips me off that an earthquake is about to happen.
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@snowy22315 (82348)
• United States
14 Dec 09
I dont know about that because we don't have many earthquakes in this part of the country, but someday I will ask some friends in California if that is true. I would be curious to find out the answer. Maybe somebodies dog will protect them from the "big one."
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@awel86 (15)
• Philippines
14 Dec 09
yeah i also heard about that, i think its true, when an earthquake is coming they are barking and they panic.. sometimes they mur mur because they are scared...
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@Genericbe (1378)
• Philippines
18 Dec 09
Yes I agree that dogs has extra ordinary senses that Human being do not have. That is also the reason why they say "dogs are man's best friend" because they can give initial warnings and can protect their owners ahead of time. When I was in my high school year, We encountered an earthquake with a level 8 intensity then before that incident, around 2 days before the earthquake, my dog is so quiet,he do not bark and play to much, as if he is sick. then an hour before the said earthquake he ran to me and trying to catch my attention and continuously barks.He is somewhat making also a crying voice as if he is in pain. It is in that instance, I realized that dogs has great senses to other aspects of nature where they can detect ahead of time and before man does able to know and be warned.
• Canada
17 Dec 09
Dogs feel vibrations in their feet and body. Doing that, this is how they sense people on porches etc. when they r sleeping.. REMEMBER ALWAYS LUV/ CARE FOR YOUR DOG/ PET, THEY WILL ALWAYS LUV U...
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
15 Dec 09
We don't have earthquakes where I live, but I know my Saint knows when a storm is coming. He will pace and try to put himself between us and the windows. He goes outside and keeps sniffing the air like he can tell when it is going to arrive. Once the storm get here, he seems to calm down and after a quick check around to make sure we are all good, he goes back to his napping.