Cara Carriveau


Experts explain why your dog knows when it’s time for food and walks

Your dog can’t read a clock—so how do they know when it’s time for a walk and when to expect dinner? Experts say it’s because dogs have a good sense of light change and cycles and smell, all of which help then gauge time.

Long-time veterinarian Dr. Jason Rabe adds, “There are probably multiple components to a dog seemingly knowing it is time to eat—their feeling of hunger, the routine of the owner, as well as their circadian rhythm. Dogs are also really in-tune to their family group’s activity periods.”