Taking Your Dog on a Ghost Hunt
by Jane Walsh
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Taking Your Dog on a Ghost Walk: What You Should Know
With studies showing that dogs can sense cancer in humans, it’s not crazy to think that they can sense the paranormal as well. For this reason, you might want to think about letting your pup tag along with you on your next ghost investigation. Whether you’re new to the paranormal business or are a seasoned pro, taking your dog along can prove to be quite beneficial – however, there are some things worth keeping in mind.
The benefits of bringing your dog along
With many dog owners reporting that their pups suddenly bark, growl, or seem to stare at nothing from time to time, the theory that dogs can see ghosts is pretty convincing. After all, there are studies showing that dogs can detect ultraviolet light – something that humans can’t see – which makes many wonder if dogs really do have a sixth sense.
If so, this makes your furry best friend the ultimate companion for a ghost hunt. Since dogs seem to pick up on temperature changes, apparitions, and other phenomena due to their heightened senses, there’s no doubt that your dog could pick up on these things the moment it happens – giving you a higher chance of witnessing paranormal happenings.
Your dog’s role
When it comes to your dog’s role in a ghost hunt, it’s definitely not one to ignore – meaning that letting them lead is the way to go, as it can prevent your dog from focusing on other people in a group walk and keep them focused on the task at hand. At the beginning of the walk, it’s important to let your dog sniff and explore a bit in order for them to harness their senses – doing so can further ensure the chances that they’ll pick up on something later on.
And don’t forget to pay constant attention to every move your pup makes throughout the investigation – something as simple as excessive sniffing or barking can signal that the paranormal is present. Overall, monitoring your dog’s activity is key.
The downside – and what to do about itWhile there are many benefits and reasons for bringing your dog on a hunt, there are some downsides involved. For example, when bringing your dog along, there is going to be a learning curve for you both to master.
If you’ve ever brought your dog to your workplace, you’ll know that it can take your dog a bit of time to get used to their new surroundings. With that being said, bringing your dog along as early as possible can help, and starting out with as few people on the team as possible can, too – though keep in mind they aren’t for every pup.
If your dog doesn’t seem to be interested, you shouldn’t force him – a distracted pup could pull your attention away. And, if your dog does pick up on something, it probably isn’t a great idea to continue bringing your pup if they have a bad reaction (shaking, drooling, or other extreme behavior). It’s important to know that some dogs may have a more severe reaction than others when it comes to the paranormal – especially if they pick up on bad energy, which is all the more reason why you should pay special attention to how your dog is acting throughout.
If you’re planning an investigation anytime soon, taking along your dog can enhance the experience – especially if you suspect that they have a strong sixth sense at home. By going with your dog, your chances of encountering the paranormal are far more likely – however, it’s important to remember that it isn’t for every dog out there.