so why...????? why would our dogs go from absolute chaos one night and teh next to not a sound. ( i suppose the comment could also have been "citizens" -- but moving on about dogs....)
So many times in the training of dogs and instructing of handlers I admonish people for jumping to a conclusion for seeing only what is obvious and therefore missing other possibilities .---- once a conclusion is reached Many people are relieved to have decided their conclusion is correct and dismiss the whole idea of intellectually pursuing what obscure details they may have missed ....as they bash on with other daily mundane mind boggling details of their lives.. like cov or leaking diapers....
. this barking dog bit is no different .. I am ashamed to say that yesterday's daily doggie did not mention the fact that my house dogs all six of them .. we're also upset ...they did not bark but they came in to my bedroom and poke me with their noses to wake me up .. something they never do at night .. but I was aware that although they weren't barking they were walking around and around and around ,, very upset..... and every once in awhile they would stop and freeze while they were obviously listing or smelling something that I was not aware of .
There is a complicating detail with my house dogs..... I I don't know if they first woke me up because they were upset about something I don't understand .. or after the phone call from a camera person alerting me to the uproar , I was upset and my house dogs were then reacting to the fact that I was not behaving normally .. Particularly fizzle and Gemini would stop and stand still and look at me with a quizzical expression of “ why can't you hear what I'm hearing or seeing or smelling “ .
And “ as our leader go make it stop” ..
I have heard of zoo animals doing this if there was an impending earthquake .. but since I didn't feel anything or hear any reports we can get rid of that idea --- I think . the dogs ability to smell is so far superior the humans capability that it's incomprehensible .. they also have a totally different range of hearing then humans .. so although I was obsessed yesterday with the possibility of wildlife in the barn rattling food cans ... I did not consider the fact there could be a high pitched sound that we humans couldn't hear . a sound that was new to the dog’s normal range... so they were alerting....
The fact that there was an hour of constant loud barking one night and absolutely nothing the night before or the night after .. these dogs are not random .. they had a reason and I don't know what that reason was .. but it was something that definitely turn them on and then as the cause went away and they were quiet . why???
the CP person who listens to the dogs all night long and notes any unusual sounds often remarks about airplanes going over which could produce a high pitched noise ..
but as far as I know it wouldn't be sustainable because they fly over And go away .. we haven't generator that runs a test every so often which could produce a high pitched noise .. however I think it runs that test only at noon on Wednesdays but I will check... .. the only other mechanical thing on my property would be the heat system with its fans ...which could produce a high pitch noise .. but if that was the case why did it stop .?
something happened... a strainge smell Would certainly be another possibility .. if it was summer I would suspect mosquito spraying or aerial spraying of something .. that's the only smell I can think of that Could be here one day and go on the next . usually we are notified if the town is doing that....
In the past ... I have had more than one occasion of a person on the property at night, unknown to me------- I did leave a path along my property line for people to access the willodale state forest paths behind me... and I have had more than one cheerful Inebriated soul who couldn't find his own driveway at 2:00 AM both in a car and on foot.... – along with 2 people getting in a loud fight at the state boat ramp.. and the guy who gets in his car to go t the airport at 4am, banging doors and yelling goodbye to his wife...
The neighborhood is not silent all night. I apprecoatre having the dogs tell me and also remind people that they are on duty.
whatever it was , was not there the day before and was not there in the day after --- so there has to have been some change. to think that the dogs are just random means that we just don't understand and are too quick to draw conclusions .
that leaves me with why????? What am I missing???? I am sure I will get ( and welcome ) ideas.
6:59 am.. an abrupt change in dogs.. barking... 7:00 would be “the changing of the guard” as staff drives in , punches in and out in the cellar and at 7:06 it is totally quiet again.