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What do you think dogs think about?

Asked by essieness (7693points) March 22nd, 2009

You know, when they’re just chilling out. Is there an internal dialogue going on in their heads? Do they wonder about things?

I’m watching my dog out in the yard. She’s just hanging out with her ball sort of looking around. What’s going on in her head?

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A_Beaverhausen's avatar

my dog plots against me.

jackley's avatar

She’s thinking when are you going to go out and play and make her day.

Jiminez's avatar

“Om nom nom nom nom…”

That’s it.

A_Beaverhausen's avatar

@Jiminez haha! yep that too!

Mr_M's avatar

Er, I want you to THROW the ball! Hello? (What a dimwit!)

Blondesjon's avatar

So much crotch licking, so little time.

eponymoushipster's avatar

probably why dog ass tastes so delicious.

also, why do they have to look at you doing it from that weird ball smacking, squished ass view.

suzyq2463's avatar

Well, at the risk of everyone here thinking I’m insane, here’s a poem by my dog Calvin (translated by me) about a frozen dead squirrel he found in our backyard. I think it captures his thoughts fairly well. Hobbes, btw, is our other dog:

Morning time.
The daddy lets me out—where’s Mama? I pout!
Run, run, smash into the door.
I pushes me out—I go out before.
(Hobbes is not the Alpha Male!)

Sniff, smell. Whoa! Dead—something dead!
I crunches it in my mouth!
A squirrel popsicle! Oh most YUM! My mouth drips goo!
The daddy grabbed my prize.
He throws it over the fence. How dense!
My crunchy squirrel’s demise . . . .
Goodbye, my popsicle.
Good bye.

essieness's avatar

@suzyq2463 Yes, you are apparently insane, but I love it anyway!!

Garebo's avatar

Food, sex, and their territory. Cool, thing which us humans have a hard time doing; they are always living in the moment

Zaku's avatar

Food. Fooooood.
Hmm, is this edible?
What’s that scent blowin’ in the wind?
Following scents.
Who’s barking?
Who has marked this spot?
When is my human coming home?
I want to lick that human SO bad!
Wow! Another dog!
A smaller non-dog to chase!
How can I get out of this yard?
Is it time to go for a walk yet?
Where did I bury that bone?
Who’s the leader of the pack?

Mr_M's avatar

“What DO I tell my boy when he says the kids at school call him a son-of-a-bitch?”

Darwin's avatar

Right now mine are thinking “New dog beds! Comfy, warm, comfy.” When I came in the room earlier they thought “Belly rub?!” Then when I walked into the kitchen they thought “Snack, snack, snack, snack, me first, me first, sit, sit, sit, I’m a good dog! Yum!” unless maybe they thought it was dinner or breakfast time and then it would have been “Food, food, food, food, me first, me first, sit, sit, sit, I’m a good dog! Yum!”

When they are out in the yard especially on a sunny, breezy Spring day like today they think:

Interesting smell – what is it!
Water, water, water, yeah!
Possum? No, mouse!
Warm sun sigh
Yeah, says you!!! (to next door bass dog)
Come on, help me dig! (to small soprano dog at the other side)
Ha! I’m gonna mark over him!
Water, water, water, yeah!
Hmmmmm, something rotten. Gotta roll. Aaaahhhh!
Was that the back door? Run! My people, new dog bed, snack, belly rub!!!

Or something like that. My dogs all speak in exclamation points. They are eternal optimists.

“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.” – Phil Pastoret

Cardinal's avatar

My two labs, Huckleberry and Finneghan think about food, sleeping and going out to play, in that order. Avatar is Hucky at 12 weeks, now is 1 3/4 years old and is 130 pounds. Boy hasn’t missed any meals.

loser's avatar


elchoopanebre's avatar

humping people’s legs, other dogs, etc

mangeons's avatar

Other dogs’ butts.

dlm812's avatar

@suzyq2463 That made my day.

Personally, I imagine that my dog is probably thinking somewhere along the lines of -> “Can I eat that? Is that food? When do I eat next? Wanna play? Can I lick you? Do you have food? Let’s play! PLAY! Food. I love you… now give me food, and then let’s play!” And definitely in a very excited teenage boy voice (although sometimes I imagine that he sounds like the turtle from Finding Nemo). Basically, my dog could probably be diagnosed with ADD and ADHD. He loves food, playing, and lovin… and can’t get enough of any of them. :)

DandyDear711's avatar

I think my dog thinks about me nearly constantly. But at the same time – yes he multi tasks – he is thinking about food. When I am in the kitchen his primary thoughts are on food and secondary thoughts are on me.

Then he thinks about all the other doggy stuff mentioned above.

kevinhardy's avatar

food, food, other dogs, there terrortory,who treats the best,pet me agian, pet me some more, message my head, I want the one with the funny hair to pet me

Blondesjon's avatar

Just as the highest and the lowest notes are equally inaudible, so perhaps, is the greatest sense and the greatest nonsense equally unintelligible. —SPOT

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.—BEAR

nebule's avatar

doing humanity better than we do…

Lalalime's avatar

Same things as humans, except with fur involved. Good behavior = food or attention reward, Bad behavioir equals treat denial, dirty looks, spankins or being put outside for the night.

Zen_Again's avatar

Bones. Big, juicy bones.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@Zen_Again funny, that’s what your mom thinks about too.

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