Do Dogs Have Memories?
The answer to the question “do dogs have memories” depends on your perspective. If you are a dog lover then yes, you would say that they do. On the other hand if you don’t like animals or believe in reincarnation then no, they don’t have any memory of their past lives.
If you are a scientist then you might say that they probably do. After all, science is based on evidence and if there is something which proves that dogs don’t have memories, then it will be proven. Science is not perfect though so sometimes things get missed. Sometimes experiments fail and some results are misinterpreted.
So while scientists may think that dogs don’t have memories, most of them still haven’t found anything conclusive yet.
On the other hand, if you are a skeptic, then you would say that dogs do have memories. You might even go as far to say that they do have memories of their former lives.
But what exactly makes them remember those past lives? What could make them remember such traumatic events from their past? And why did they become aggressive towards humans in the first place?
These questions remain unanswered but at least they aren’t answered with doubt anymore!
As for this writer’s opinion?
Well, it’s a little biased obviously.
But who isn’t?
I think dogs do have memories of their past lives. I mean, it isn’t just the physical appearance and mannerisms that are similar. It’s also their attitude and emotions as well! Just look at your own dog. You know it when it has that certain look on its face that it had a few months/years ago. I mean, it’s like they time travel but just for a few moments. It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does, you know that they’ve taken a trip back in time and have seen the past once again.
But believe what you want. That’s why these articles are here in the first place! The goal isn’t to make people believe something. It’s to get people to think about a topic from various different perspectives in order to come to their own conclusions.
We all see the world differently and we all believe different things. I just hope that whatever you believe in, you’re able to have enough faith in it to overcome any obstacles that stand in your way! Good luck and thank you for reading!
Sources & references used in this article:
- Spatial memory in dogs (Canis familiaris) on a radial maze. (K Macpherson, WA Roberts – Journal of comparative psychology, 2010 – psycnet.apa.org)
- Deferred imitation and declarative memory in domestic dogs (C Fugazza, Á Miklósi – Animal Cognition, 2014 – Springer)
- Incidental memory in dogs (Canis familiaris): adaptive behavioral solution at an unexpected memory test (K Fujita, A Morisaki, A Takaoka, T Maeda, Y Hori – Animal cognition, 2012 – Springer)