People have gone as far to create doctored pictures to try and prove fairies exist. Some people have also wondered if their pooch can sense fairies too. With dogs' keen sense of smell and hearing, could it be possible?
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Signs Your Dog Senses Something You Don't
So, what will your dog do if they see a fairy? We're not exactly sure! We do know there are a few things your dog might do if they see something you don't, though. You might notice your dog's body stiffen and they might start growling or barking. They might also put their ears up and sniff to get more information about what they are seeing. Dogs use their senses of hearing and smell much like humans use their sense of sight. So, you might see your dog doing more with their nose or ears than their eyes or paws.
Since we don't have much information about dog-fairy sightings, we are left to speculate what your pup might do. They might think the fairy is an intruder and chase them around. Some fairies have been known to be good with animals, though. So, your pooch might like the fairy. It all depends on the situation. If your dog is staring into the air at nothing or chasing something you can't see, could it be something supernatural like a fairy? Maybe!
- Ears up
- Staring at nothing
- Running around
- Odd behavior
History of Dogs Seeing Fairies
Historically, fairies have been a part of folklore for a long time. The word fairy is derived from the root word "fae." That's probably why you see the two spellings of fairy or faerie. The word "fairies" has been used to describe a variety of supernatural beings. It can mean everything from the traditional small person with wings to even a troll or a "tall angelic being" according to New World Encyclopedia.
There are so many stories about the origins of fairies that no one is sure which ones to believe or to even believe the stories, for that matter. Some say fairies originated in the British Isles, but they now hide because of humans. Others believed fairies were considered gods at one point, but these ideas dwindled with the introduction of Christianity. Today, many people think of Tinkerbell and other mythical beings when fairies are mentioned. No matter your belief, however, there's probably a story or theory to fit. Many people simply don't believe, though.
As far as dogs and fairies, unsurprisingly, there isn't much more than articles and forums discussing if dogs can see or sense supernatural things like fairies or ghosts. Since we can't ask dogs if they've seen things, it's anyone's best guess based on experience and watching a dog's body language.
Science Behind Dogs and Fairies
Scientifically speaking, there really isn't much evidence of fairies themselves. Mainly just the belief in fairies has been around for many years. There is talk that dogs can sense things such as spirits or fairies, that you simply don't see. This might be because dogs are very good at studying routines. If something seems out of place in their environment, your pup will be the first to know.
Dogs also have very strong senses of smell and hearing. In fact, a dog can hear between 67-45,000 Hz and has around 220 million olfactory receptors. So, they certainly do hear and smell things that you don't. With this knowledge, many people believe their dog can see or sense supernatural things that you maybe just don’t notice.
Training Your Dog to See Fairies
Interested in training your dog to hunt fairies? There's no real way to do that, unfortunately. All you can really do is keep your dog's senses sharp by keeping your pup healthy. To do this, make sure your pup is getting plenty of walks. Exercise is crucial to great health for your pup and you!
Also, make sure your pup is getting plenty of nutritious food and plenty of water. It’s also very important to make sure your pup sees their vet regularly to ensure they stay up-to-date on shots and are healthy overall.
So, can they actually see fairies? That’s up to you to decide.
How to React When Your Dog Reacts to "Nothing":
Do not scold the dog.
Observe their behavior.
Look where they are looking.
Try to calm them, or remove them from the area if they are distressed.