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Can Dogs Sense Good and Evil?



4 min read


Can Dogs Sense Good and Evil?


While we all know that good and evil are on opposite ends of the spectrum, it can become difficult for some people to tell the difference when it comes to identifying them. This is not because they don’t know how to tell the difference between the two, but because the difference is not always that obvious at first. 

Some people that are evil have the knack of coming across as very good, which can easily fool people. However, when it comes to dogs, there is really no fooling our pooches. Dogs have an inbuilt radar that enables them to sense good and evil in next to no time.


Signs Your Dog Senses Good and Evil

There are a number of ways through which a dog can pick up on what is good and what is evil. With people, for instance, a dog will be able to root out good and evil based on simple things such as tone of voice and body language. When your dog picks up on good and evil, its behavior and actions will vary based on whether it senses something good or bad. Of course, the behavior your dog displays will also be based on its own personality and temperament, but it will display a natural reaction to the good or evil that it senses.

If a dog senses something good, you will generally see a variety of positive signs. This includes signs such as wagging its tail, jumping up, barking in an excited way where it may start running back and forth, looking alert, becoming playful, and licking the person. 

On the other hand, if your dog senses evil, the signs may include growling and snarling, exposed teeth, raised hackles, whining, whimpering, cowering, hiding away, or going into attack mode. These are all negative signs and can vary based on whether your dog tends to be aggressive and protective or nervous and frightened. 

You will also see a change in your dog’s body language when they sense something good or evil. If your dog senses that someone is good, they may jump up, try to lick the person, act playfully, such as play bowing, and will wag their tail. 

If your dog senses something or someone that it considers evil, the body language is far more defensive or even aggressive. This includes backing away, hiding away, snarling and exposing its teeth, and going into attack mode with more aggressive dogs. Again, the body language will either be very positive or very negative depending on what your dog can sense. 

Body Language

Signs that your dog is sensing good or evil include:

  • Growling
  • Wag Tail
  • Snapping
  • Licking
  • Exposed Teeth
  • Play Bowing

Other Signs

<p>More signs to watch for include:</p>

  • Hiding Away If They Are Nervous
  • Reluctance To Go Near Someone Evil
  • Acting Aggressive
  • Acting Excited And Playful

History of Dogs Sensing Good and Evil


Over the years, a huge amount of research into canine behavior and senses has been carried out. As a result of this, we now know that dogs are able to use their sense of smell and hearing to detect things that we have no idea about. 

It is not just physical things that dogs are able to pick up on. They also have a superb knack of sensing things such as illness, emotions, and goodness or evilness. Many dogs show their ability to sense good or evil when they meet a new person. Even if the person puts on an act and makes out that they are good, if they are evil, dogs can work this out with ease.

The same can be said of dogs that sense entities or spirits. When dogs sense a spirit that we would class as evil, their reactions are very different to when they sense a good spirit or ghost. When it comes to telling the difference between good and evil, dogs are able to get a vibe from the way in which a person behaves, their tone, and their body language. Their instinct and senses also enable them to determine when a person or thing it evil or good. 

The Science of Dogs Sensing Good and Evil


While we may be easily fooled by something or someone coming across as good, dogs appear to be able to get past any attempts to do this and can see right through those that are evil. To some owners, this means that their pooch has some sort of sixth sense, but to experts, it is a dog’s ability to pick up on body language and tone that enables them to determine if a person is good or evil. These are things that we may not notice ourselves, but the raw senses of dogs mean that they can work this out very easily.

Training Your Dog to Sense Good and Evil


So, would you be interested in finding out whether your dog is able to sense good and evil? Well, one of the ways to do this is to experiment yourself. 

For instance, you may know someone that is not a particularly good person and you may know plenty of people who are good people. One of the things you can do is to monitor how your dog reacts and behaves around different people you know. You can then look at what the dog’s reactions were and whether that person would be considered a good or evil person. 

Remember, some people who are bad to the bone can put on a front that makes people believe that they are good. The chances are that your pooch won’t fall for that, so bear this in mind when you are monitoring your dog’s behavior and actions.

This is something that you can do over a period of time to assess whether your dog reacts differently around people who you know are good and those who you know are not quite so good. You may be surprised at just how adept your pooch is at picking up on good and evil from people. 

This is even true of people that they have just met. Your dog won’t necessarily have to wait for an evil person to do something bad before taking a dislike to them. This is something that your dog will most likely pick up on right away, no matter how nice and pleasant the person is trying to come across as.

The key thing to remember is that dogs are great judges of character and they instinctively know who to trust and who not to trust. This is something that you should not ignore – if your dog takes an instant dislike to someone or something, you need to question why that might be. 

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Written by a Boston Terrier lover Reno Charlton

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Published: 06/22/2018, edited: 04/06/2020

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