Can Dogs See Dead Spirits?

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It is likely you have had an experience where your dog is barking at a corner of you a room in your house for no apparent reason or your dog seems to get restless and agitated at the same spot during your walking route. You may wonder if they are sensing something, such as a ghost or spirit, when they display any type of erratic or unusual behavior.

Ultimately, dog's can sense things that humans cannot through sight, smell, sound, and more. Whether they can see ghosts or not is mostly up to your personal beliefs about the afterlife. Science is split between whether dogs can sense ghosts or not, and much is still unknown about dog behavior. We have a lot to learn about dogs and our world.

Introduction of Can Dogs See Dead Spirits?

Signs of a Dog Seeing a Dead Spirit

If you do indeed believe that dogs can see spirits, there are some commonly noted signs and evidence that your dog may indeed be seeing a spirit. If you see your pup standing in a particular spot inside or outside the house, and barking, but seemingly at nothing, many people believe it is because they are actually experiencing a paranormal event that we as humans cannot witness. This could be a spirit of a family member, the prior person who lived in the house, or something else. 

They could simply just be barking at an energy that is present in that location that should not be there. Dogs may also whine, howl, and growl at certain spots in your home, when on a walk, or maybe even down your hallway. If you are with them and can't see any physical reason why they are acting that way, some believe that they are seeing a supernatural presence.  

Furthermore, some dogs will even roll on their backs, seem like they are playing with something when there is nothing there, or just appear as if they are interacting with someone like they would if a person was really there. All of these signs can possibly suggest they are interacting with the dead and we just cannot see what they are actually experiencing. 

Body Language

Here are some signs you might notice when your dog is seeing a spirit:
  • Alert
  • Barking
  • Head tilting
  • Whining
  • Wag tail
  • Pacing

Other Signs

These are other signs you may notice if your dog is seeing a spirit:
  • Running Away/Hiding
  • Growling at Nothing
  • Acting Agitated
  • Interacting with Something Unseen
  • Playing with Something Unseen
  • Staring at a Wall

History of Dogs Seeing Spirits

History of Can Dogs See Dead Spirits?
It has been believed for a very long time that humans and animals have something of a sixth sense. This can encompass a lot of different things but also includes the ability to see spirits and experience paranormal phenomenon. Furthermore, it is widely accepted that dogs and other animals are particularly sensitive to experience things like seeing ghosts. 

It is easy to presume that as long as dogs have been with humans and as long as humans have believed in the spirit world, people have had experiences with their dogs interacting with the unknown. However, just as many people who believe dogs have this ability, do not believe this is possible. Rather, today, most of the scientific community believes your pooch is just using their strong senses to smell, hear, or see small sounds or movements humans are not able to detect. 

This doesn't stop believers though, and for good reason. There are heaps of stories of dogs having paranormal experiences. For example, one pet owner claims one night her and her dog were about to go to sleep in a house more than 100 years old. 

All of the sudden the dog jumped up from sleeping and stood over the edge of the bed and began staring at something through the air. Despite the owner's attempt to call the dog's name, the dog would not respond to her calls. Eventually, the dog went back to bed but would wake up periodically to stare at the same spot in the air. Events like these suggest dogs have the ability to sense things, such as ghosts, that not all humans are in tune with. 

The Science Behind Dogs Seeing Spirits

Science of Can Dogs See Dead Spirits?
Although there is a lot of controversy within the scientific community about whether or not dogs can see spirits, or if spirits even exist, what they can agree on is there is still a ton we don't know about dogs and our world in general. 

Science does not always explain everything, and if it can, we just do not know the answers as of yet. This leaves plenty room for the possibility of dogs seeing dead spirits as reality. A dog's sixth sense is likely due to their super keen senses - like sight, smell, sound, and taste. Their senses allow them to detect even the slightest movement that humans cannot detect themselves. 

Your dog's sense of smell is 1000-10,000 times more powerful than your own, his eyes can detect the smallest of movements, and can detect many more sound frequencies and hear 4 times farther than you. Therefore, it becomes much more likely for them to be in tune with supernatural experiences and the ability to see ghosts. 

Pet psychologist Marty Miller believes that dogs can indeed sense spirits due to their ability to detect changes in the atmosphere. We can actually see this in the works when a dog is able to sense an impending storm or bad weather approaching them. 

Other studies also seem to suggest dogs have a very strong intuition and much is still unknown about what dogs can and cannot sense. A dog seeing a ghost is far beyond our scientific understanding as of today. 

Training Dogs to See Spirits

Training of Can Dogs See Dead Spirits?
If you believe in the spirit world and are interested in training your own pooch to see ghosts, unfortunately, this is something you cannot train your dog to do. If your pup has the ability to use their sixth sense and see spirits, this is something they will do naturally. 

Your pup is able to use their senses at all times during the day and they are always working to their full strength - if they are healthy. They will be able to pick up on a paranormal phenomenon, spirits, and changes in the atmosphere and energy around them at any given time. 

All you have to do is keep an eye on their behavior and see if they act strangely throughout the day for no clear reason. Your dog is very in tune with their surroundings and will generally alert to you if something is wrong.

How To React if Your Dog Sees a Spirit

  • Remain calm, yourself.
  • Let them explore if they want to.
  • Don't make any sudden sounds and movements.
  • Don't startle them.

Safety Tips for When Your Dog Sees a Spirit

  • Gently and calmly settle them down if they are scared.
  • Make sure not to scare them so they don't hurt themselves or you.
13 Years
No Way!

Well Minnie’s owner passes away a week ago today, and she was laying in her bed, staring at the seat that her owner used to sit at, and she stared there for 30 min even though no one was there. Then she ran in a circle, and jumped on her other owners lap. Then she ran back to her bed and stared back at the chair. I’m not sure though because there is another dog that doesn’t show any signs of seeing a ghost

2 years, 7 months ago
Thts beautiful. They're just like humans... some believe and some don't, some SEE and some don't.... but for the ones that do it's a blessing.
My Rat terrier has climbed up the wall with his front paws just staring at my cross. Today he kept staring at the cross and then his eye's and head would all of the sudden turn left, up, to the right and back onto the cross. Like something was moving in the same direction like 10 times. Now he is fine and not looking at the cross. Do you think I should throw away the cross? I have had it for 31 years???
Some twenty years ago I was walking my mother-in-laws female. She, the dog and I, enjoyed the walk immensely. She seemed relaxed and had experienced a wide variety of new smells and environments. We turned towards home down a country lane, sometimes traffic'd, sometimes quiet. I perceived nothing untoward until suddenly at a particular point in the road my companion froze...growling at a specific spot refusing to carry on past this... whatever. Eventually I convinced her and we carried on home. There was nothing there to see. No unusual trees, bushes or noises. No distant activities or sounds. I don't believe in spirits or anything like them. The dog was not happy, about something. I couldn't see anything. I took my and her time. I stayed calm and rational. I reassured her 'eventually'.

Forward on to the present day.

Our six month old Lab lad doesn't like that spot either!
8 Years
Definitely See Spirits

Staring into closets for long periods of time. Staring at walls and into corners. Only will roll around in a certain place in the hallway.

2 years, 7 months ago
5 Months
Siberian Husky
Definitely See Spirits

Hi. I bought a home in 2015. The home is 20 yrs old. I've heard stories from neighbour's that they're were quite shady people living here previously. My son that is now 8yo has from day one adamantly refuses to go into the basement alone. I always shrugged it off as have watched too many scary movies. However when I'm down there I have felt the feeling of being watched or like this anxiety. So I have just brought home my new husky pup and just after the second day she continuously stands at the top of the stairs to the bsmt door and acts so bazaar. A slow growl kind of backing up then a full out barking and snarling. The hairs on my neck stand straight up. She has a great temperament and any other time she's always so typically quiet and timid and a little sweetie. If I didn't believe before some type of energy was there before I certainly do now. It's been going on 4 days now and I have to try and keep her away from the stairs because she really gets upset. When I take her to the bsmt with me she seems to be ok. Soon as we're back up stairs she starts again. I don't know what to do at this point. Call a priest or a shaman for a blessing? Creeped out

2 years, 6 months ago
Wow!!! My Oscar the boxer just passed away on 3.10 we just recently got another boxer for my other boxer since she was taking this badly. The last two days have been weird. The new dog had chased the cat up the strairs then came to a complete stop at the top of the stairs and just starred in the corner repositioned only to continue to stare up in the ceiling then wall for at least 10 minutes. We tried to get him to go back downstairs and he would not listen. Pushing him only to run back to that spot. My hubby thought maybe because the cat hangs around that area and he thinks he is their, I said what in the walls??? Lol a friend told me to get the house blessed. I have had other stuff happened too long to write but mine are peaceful, in Your case maybe getting a priest to bless your house.
I have had friends tell me to do that. Also burning sage I believe is another trick. Good luck keep us posted :)
12 Years
Heeler Pei
Definitely See Spirits

We just lost our older blue heeler. Chief, a red heeler, was very competitive with Danny. Danny hated for Chief and our other Heeler, Sadie, to bark. After 3 tear filled days of sorrow, we had a little horseplay and barking (much relief to depressed family). All of a sudden, Chief started barking at the air and went to Danny's room where he slept. No doubt. It was Danny. None. We love you Danny. We miss you so much.

2 years, 6 months ago
5 Years
Definitely See Spirits

Both my mum and dad dies lately since 28 th January and Dad passed away first then mum 7weeks to the day and same time in england so thought perhaps she can see them and also before we got Molly we had a miniature poodle but he passed away and visits me every now and again

2 years, 5 months ago
5 Years
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Definitely See Spirits

So it was actually this morning when my dog started sniffing the air. He was running all over the house, chasing something. Then he stopped at a wall tilted his head, then started barking. I am freaked out.

2 years, 4 months ago
3 Years
Siberian Husky
Definitely See Spirits

My dog,Rose,was walking around when suddenly stop,growled at nothing,moving its head around to a wall,and started barking at nothing.

2 years, 4 months ago
Your dog is crazy
6 Years
German Shepherd
Definitely See Spirits

we were playing when suddenly she stopped and did the sighns

2 years, 4 months ago