Generally speaking, I mean. Sometimes I swear you could set your watch by my dog's stomach. Other times the duration between events... whether it has been five hours or five minutes that has passed... I don't know that he couldn't tell a difference.
Yeah, when it comes to food - he's on top of it. Late with dinner? He'll let me know. I'm busy and can't get it right now? I'll hear him whine and moan and high-pitched bark at me until I do.
I'm not sure about anything else, though they seem to have some kind of "timing" or something.
For example, if I click him 5 seconds of eye contact and then start walking again, do that 10 times, then if I do it the 11th time - when I get to "5" (in my head, of course) he started to break and move - only to realize I hadn't gone anywhere yet.
It's pretty interesting how they sense things like this.
If I come home at my normal arriving time, Elsa's right where I expect her - itting on her mat wag'n her stubby butt, often with a ROO ROO. If I come home 30 minutes earlier or sooner, Elsa's right where I thought she would be - napping on the couch and waking up with a look on face as if I ruined a good thing.
I'd say her sense of time is pretty darn good.
Plus, how else would I explain why she's staring at me as I reach for the alarm clock buzzer in the morning?
i know i havn't used an alarm clock at all since i got my dog. when she was little she would wine in the mornings..but i wouldn't let her out of her crate untill 7:30....now she sleeps in my bed with me..and doesn't bother me at all..except for at 7:30 every morning she starts licking my face and pushing me out of bed
My dogs' sense of time is pretty darn good . . .when I'm running late leaving for work, I realize the dogs have gone to bed! Oh oh, better get my rear in gear! They seem to also know when it's the weekend, because they don't do this - thought it was because of routine, so, pretended I was going to work by doing the same things I do when I am going to work. Didn't fly. They continued to lounge on the sofa or loveseat. They knew it was Saturday, and that I wasn't going anywhere! LOL
What still remains a mystery is HOW the devil they know it's the pizza delivery guy pulling up! (They're all sitting in front of the door with butts wiggling.)
Our family had a Maltese years ago who, when let out for a special "out front walk" on his own at night could be told to come back in 15 minutes, 5 minutes, etc. and he never missed the time given by more than a minute max. No one's ever figured out how he did it but I suspect he had a Rolex hidden under his hair. LOL
Donatello is getting better and better at sensing time.
I've put him on a new schedule now: Every day at 2:00 or just a little after I feed him. Yesterday he had to go out, so I took him out, I brought him back in, placed him on the sofa and got up to get a snack... Well... He sat up and kept staring at me ears perked. I kept watching him as I was making my snack... He was watching me too. I couldn't figure out what it was... Until I looked at the clock. 2:10. lol! I said, "Ooh, that's what you want." and coincidentally he wagged his tail, as if to say, "Duh!" lol! So I made him a bowl of food. : P