When I'm driving home from some place and my dog is in the car, he always knows when we're close to home (say, a minute from home) as he gets all excited. My question is: how does he know we're almost there?
- He's a very small dog on the car floor, so he doesn't see out of the windows.
I think smells are to rule out too because this happens with all the windows closed and even if there's food in the car, the smell of which should cover any subtle hints. And I don't see how the vicinity of my house should smell differently than the rest of the small village I live in.
He could have memorized a set of turns on the road to the house, but there are at least 3 different roads we could be coming from, and I doubt he's smart enough to have memorized and recognize all of them just by feeling the turns.
what's my dog's secret sixth sense? Either I'm underestimating dogs' sense of smell or their ability to memorize routes from just feeling acceleration in turns, I think.