Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: Fully Updated and Revised
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Many people who have ever owned a pet will swear that their dog or cat or other animal has exhibited some kind of behavior they just can't explain. How does a dog know when its owner is returning home at an unexpected time? How do cats know when it is time to go to the vet, even before the cat carrier comes out? How do horses find their way back to the stable over completely unfamiliar terrain? And how can some pets predict that their owners are about to have an epileptic fit?
These intriguing questions about animal behavior convinced world-renowned biologist Rupert Sheldrake that the very animals who are closest to us have much to teach us about biology, nature, and consciousness.
Filled with captivating stories and thought-provoking analysis, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home is a groundbreaking exploration of animal behavior that will profoundly change the way we think about animals, and ourselves. After five years of extensive research involving thousands of people who own and work with animals, Sheldrake conclusively proves what many pet owners already know -- that there is a strong connection between humans and animals that lies beyond present-day scientific understanding.
With a scientist's mind and an animal lover's compassion, Sheldrake compellingly demonstrates that we and our pets are social animals linked together by invisible bonds connecting animals to each other, to their owners, and to their homes in powerful ways. Sheldrake's provocative ideas about these social, or morphic, fields explain the uncanny behavior often observed in pets and help provide an explanation for amazing animal behavior in the wild, such as migration and homing.
Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home not only provides fascinating insight into animal, and human, behavior, but also teaches us to question the boundaries of conventional scientific thought. This remarkable book deserves a place next to the most beloved and valuable books on animals, such as When Elephants Weep, Dogs Never Lie About Love, and The Hidden Life of Dogs.
From the Hardcover edition.
Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home in Nature in October 1999.7 This is how he began: “Rupert Sheldrake is steadfastly incorrigible in the particular sense that he persists in error. That is the chief import of his eighth and latest book. Its main message is that animals, especially dogs, use telepathy in routine communications. The interest of this case is that the author was a regular scientist, with a Cambridge Ph.D. in biochemistry, until he chose pursuits that stand in relation to science
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bed ready. He’ll be here tonight.’ ‘What on earth makes you think that?’ we asked, laughing at her. ‘I just know he’ll be here,’ she said and went upstairs to attend to the bed. Later that evening Jack arrived!” Most instances of anticipation are more mundane. Bonnie Hardy, a mother of teenage boys who lived in Victoria, British Columbia, found this phenomenon wore her out through lack of sleep. When the older boys returned home very late on weekends, despite their efforts to be as quiet as
carried out another series of trials in which two of the four callers were familiar, and the other two were strangers whose names the participants knew but whom they had not met. With familiar callers the success rate was more than 50 percent, highly significant statistically. With strangers it was near the chance level, in agreement with the observation that telepathy typically takes place between people who share emotional or social bonds.18 In addition we found that these effects do not fall
dogs’. One of them covered 110 square miles.18 Cats generally have much smaller home ranges, though some farm cats may cover up to 50 acres (under a tenth of a square mile).19 Males generally have larger ranges than females, and some male feral cats in the Australian bush range more than two square miles.20 When animals such as cats, dogs, and wolves find their own way around, it is hard to know how much of their navigational skill depends on keeping track of the route they have followed, using