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#1 welshwhippet

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:19 PM

Just wondering how much can dogs actually see during the dark without a lamp? Do they have night vision similar to a cat or do they see as little as we do?

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:21 PM

Just wondering how much can dogs actually see during the dark without a lamp? Do they have night vision similar to a cat or do they see as little as we do?

feed them carrotts pal , , works wonders :laugh:

#3 JamesBuckley

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:23 PM

whippets have night vision dont know about other breeds

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:26 PM

http://www.scienceda...71108140336.htm

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:27 PM

its something i hav wondered myself...

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:29 PM

The link i put says yes, better than us, not as good as a cat, for those that can't be arsed reading it.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:31 PM

When im lamping on my own I dont use a slip now I had a dog that would run rabbits before I turn on the lamp

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:33 PM

a dogs vision of a night time would be to a high standard as they are able to hunt up and catch quarry in the dark. its one thing being able to track it by scent but they must have excellent vision to catch without injury to there selves.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:34 PM

dogs sight must be alrite my little bitch seen a mouse when we were walking back through the field the other night she took it single handed aswell lol.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 07:37 PM

The reason I ask is that during the summer and winter I take the dogs to a local beach which is some 8 miles long but being part of the estuary a lot of debris like tree trunks wash up and I was just wondering during the dark can they actually see them or is there a big risk that they would run straight into them?

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 08:05 PM

The reason I ask is that during the summer and winter I take the dogs to a local beach which is some 8 miles long but being part of the estuary a lot of debris like tree trunks wash up and I was just wondering during the dark can they actually see them or is there a big risk that they would run straight into them?

i would say they can. but accidents do happen both day and night.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 08:13 PM

My dog has better night vision and daytime vision than me...the amount of times she has run stuff off the slip without the lamp on and caught it (usually while i'm trying to remove my bollox from the barb wire fence or running away from cows).Sometimes makes me wonder who is the hunter.
In the good old days they didnt have lamps but had to use moonlight to run their quarry.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 08:26 PM

Got good nightvision I would say, was close to an accident last week when she was walking to heel, about to leave a field we had just been in, she set off flat out in the dark, when I flicked the lamp on it was something I didn't want her to run give her a good yell, and it was away through the hedge luckily. She's had a few rabs out of the beam and seen other dogs do the same.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 08:33 PM

Dogs can see a lot better than us, I always trust the dog...........if it gives a good pull on the slip in the dark, I just let him go and switch the lamp on after..........caught a lot of stuff like that :thumbs:

Work with your dog, they know a lot more than we do :yes:

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 09:43 PM

Mine does he proved it tonight, on the way back to me after a slip he was onto another rabbit chased it for a couple of minutes right round to back of us, by the tine dad had got the lamp onto him he was right behind us inches from the rabbit ...