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mfjd1948 rural johnson co iowa
04/12/16 9:13 am

They experience the world mainly through their sense of smell. and less so their sight. I feel they think in those terms also.

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
04/11/16 8:49 am

I always wondered that myself. They bark or growl at each other. Cats meow at each other. So?

04/10/16 8:27 pm

My dog thinks in entire trees, not just the barks!

kirilyn College Town
04/10/16 3:03 pm

Humans don't think in words so, why would dogs think in barks?

Starkey Nashville,TN
04/10/16 3:47 pm

....I definitely think in words. What do you mean by that?😅

Henry123 Connecticut
04/13/16 11:24 am

Non autistic humans think in words

Korosensei Maine
04/10/16 2:12 pm

They think in images and sounds

JJJSchmidt San Marcos
04/10/16 1:50 pm

No. Even if dogs could cognize in the same way humans can (which they can't) it would not be in barks. Barking is not a language and can essentially only represent as much information as the word "hey!".

dudley northern Virginia woods
04/10/16 10:01 am

Different dogs bark in different rhythms. Lots of dogs around here. It might be more of "this is who I am" rather than "this is what I think" . Sum ergo sum

04/10/16 10:01 am

I might just have had really smart dogs, but it's blatantly obvious to me that dogs have the ability to think, reason, and feel/show emotion. what "language" their thought process is, I'm not sure.

CDUBS Dallas, Tx
04/10/16 12:43 pm

Totally agree, it depends on how they are treated in some instances

Henry123 Connecticut
04/13/16 11:25 am

The only emotion they actually feel is fear sorry. You are projecting

04/13/16 11:34 am

Henry, I did a little research to see if you were right. Every source said that dogs have nearly all of the same chemical reactions in their brain as humans do.

I've actually been aware for some time that there was a study that showed that when dogs see their owner return home, the chemical reaction in their brain is identical to when a human sees their significant other that they are in love with.

Henry123 Connecticut
04/13/16 11:37 am

A chemical reaction in their brain is not the same as feeling love as an emotion

04/13/16 4:10 pm

There seems to be a lot of evidence through studies to conclude the likeliness of dogs feeling emotions and having a relatively high intelligence.

knetzere Illinois
04/10/16 8:56 am

Probably a component of their thoughts.

04/10/16 8:50 am

I think so, I can whisper to one dog and he'll go and bark at the other dog - like telling him "let's go for a walk"

04/10/16 8:01 am

I'd guess that they think in smells.

04/10/16 7:19 am

Come on you guys... Yes ofc that they communicate for a reason and situation happens.

shygal47 Florida east coast
04/10/16 7:19 am

As opposed to what? French? Swahili? Mandarin?

Shreveport New York
04/10/16 10:04 am

I've met people who said they've thought exclusively in images; they couldn't really hear a "voice" in their head. I'd imagine this might be more prevalent in species that do not communicate through language.

Henry123 Connecticut
04/13/16 11:26 am

It's a sign of autism in humans

mistah Happy Happy Joy Joy
04/10/16 7:12 am

Probably goes something like: Food food food SQUIRREL?! Food food food

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
04/10/16 6:03 am

My dog only barks at people behind our house, so no.

exor15 Abilene
04/10/16 6:57 am

Look, I hate Hilary as much as the next guy, but can't we stop making completely innocent, unrelated questions political?

04/10/16 5:12 am

I think most of what goes on in dogs' minds is just a reaction to a situation. The only thing that I think they really think about is the memories that shaped the reaction in the first place

Zod Above Pugetropolis
04/10/16 4:54 am

I don't think in words, so I have no reason to think dogs think in barks. Would that mean that a dog who doesn't bark doesn't think? Or that a person with a limited vocabulary has few thoughts? Or that when you have an idea but can't think of the right words to describe it that you didn't really have the idea at all? Or that nothing new could ever invented until the new word for it was made up? I'm pretty sure the ideas and thoughts come before and much more often than words, and that we only bother with words for the relatively few of those ideas we intend to share. Dogs, I'll bet, are no different.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
04/10/16 4:45 am

I'm guessing pictures...

LittlePearl Florida
04/10/16 3:13 am

Don't you think in a language that you understand? I know not everyone has the ability to think.

Wycliff Huntington Beach, CA
04/10/16 2:36 am

I'd never even considered it before. I suppose they must!

Williambcd Florida
04/10/16 2:16 am

Barks cannot convey detailed concepts, so no. They very likely think without language, save for recognizing a few human words like "sit" or "walk".

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
04/10/16 5:24 am

How do you know barks can't convey complex descriptions?

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
04/10/16 9:19 am

Couldn't certain pitches or series of barks or whatever make a description more specific?

Williambcd Florida
04/10/16 9:26 am

If barks could convey detailed descriptions, dogs would be more intelligent than they actually are. Complex language is a factor that helps drive the evolution of intelligence.

Barks can certainly convey simple concepts, such as "I'm happy" or "Go away", but nothing complex like "Tomorrow we should hunt in the northern part of the forest until sundown or until we have enough food for ten days" or something like that.

Dogs have been shown to be able to distinguish parts of speech in human language, but so far nobody has been able to distinguish any grammar in barks, which is crucial to conveying complex ideas with interacting factors.

Dsotes Minnesota
04/10/16 1:20 am

I'd assume they think in scenes