Do dogs think in barks?
This is a very interesting question!
They experience the world mainly through their sense of smell. and less so their sight. I feel they think in those terms also.
I always wondered that myself. They bark or growl at each other. Cats meow at each other. So?
My dog thinks in entire trees, not just the barks!
Humans don't think in words so, why would dogs think in barks?
....I definitely think in words. What do you mean by that?😅
Non autistic humans think in words
They think in images and sounds
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!".
That's so interesting to think about
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
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.
Totally agree, it depends on how they are treated in some instances
The only emotion they actually feel is fear sorry. You are projecting
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.
A chemical reaction in their brain is not the same as feeling love as an emotion
There seems to be a lot of evidence through studies to conclude the likeliness of dogs feeling emotions and having a relatively high intelligence.
Probably a component of their thoughts.
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"
I'd guess that they think in smells.
Come on you guys... Yes ofc that they communicate for a reason and situation happens.
As opposed to what? French? Swahili? Mandarin?
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.
It's a sign of autism in humans
Probably goes something like: Food food food SQUIRREL?! Food food food
My dog only barks at people behind our house, so no.
Look, I hate Hilary as much as the next guy, but can't we stop making completely innocent, unrelated questions political?
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
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.
I'm guessing pictures...
Don't you think in a language that you understand? I know not everyone has the ability to think.
I'd never even considered it before. I suppose they must!
Barks cannot convey detailed concepts, so no. They very likely think without language, save for recognizing a few human words like "sit" or "walk".
How do you know barks can't convey complex descriptions?
Couldn't certain pitches or series of barks or whatever make a description more specific?
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.
I'd assume they think in scenes