Are dogs afraid of the dark

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are dogs afraid of the dark

Whos Afraid of the Dark? by Crosby Bonsall

Although Crosby Newell Bonsall studied at New York University School of Architecture and the American School of Design, she is most known for her childrens books. Some were published under the name Crosby Newell.

Her career as a childrens author started as a doodle on her drawing board. Later, a doll manufacturer purchased the rights to her orange-haired, freckle-faced rag doll who later became a character in her first book, The Surprise Party.

Bonsall died in 1995.
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Pet subjects: Are dogs afraid of the dark?

Yeah, me too. After I run inside to pet the dogs, I always wonder: Are dogs okay with being left in the dark? Obviously, that can depend on your dog, but it turns out it may also depend on just how dark it is in the house. Dogs do have better night vision than people in very low light situations. This is because they have a special structure in the back of their eyes that reflects more light to the retina. So your furry housemate is going to make out more looking out the window at night than you will, but that is due to their eyes being able to better utilize the small quantities of light available. Say, from other lit up windows, streetlights or the moon.

D ogs have quite poor vision, up to eight times worse than humans at seeing detail. Scientists think this is because dogs struggle to tell red and green apart, much like colour blind humans. Cones work best in bright light so humans fair better in those conditions. Consequently, they see better than us in dimmer light. Dogs have other adaptations to help them see in low light; a larger pupil which lets in more light; a lens that is closer to the retina, making the image on the retina brighter; and finally the tapetum.

Vet Pete Wedderburn is our expert on the case

See files for Dogs. Fear is as natural an emotion as it is necessary. Wild dogs need it to evade predators and be vigilant against threats. Being vigilant can be more difficult when their environment is in darkness. If our companion animals are well-cared for, they may have less reason to fear, but it won't go away completely. How a dog's fear manifests itself and what they might be afraid of will vary according to the individual.

Do you ever turn off the lights and wonder if your dog might be afraid of the dark? Is that possible? Dogs are the sweetest creatures, and they love their humans so much. Sometimes, when we go to bed, our dogs howl and cry. Is it because they are afraid of the dark? We all want our dogs to be happy and safe. But how can we make sure our dogs always feel that safety?


  1. Arianne Q. says:

    There are plenty of stories out there about kids being afraid of the dark. After all, that's when the Boogeyman, ghosts, and other monsters emerge! But what about .

  2. Amstepagop says:

    Physiological reasons your dog is afraid of the dark

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