A client was once trying to explain the
death of his dog and mentioned that his dog was always barking at a
particular guy that visits one of his tenants. He kept emphasizing
that the guy must have some evil intentions and that is why the dog
always barks at him because “dogs can detect evil people”- He
said. He lost the dog mysteriously and he concluded that the guy
must have killed the dog somehow. I don't want to go to the details
of the police case and others that followed.
Yes, I have seen dogs being used to
detect drugs from traffickers and used in search and rescue missions
due to their very strong sense of smell but used for detecting evil
intentions? I don't think so. One thing I believe for sure is that
dogs can perceive fear and anxiety from people – not really sure.
Some people would just take off and run at the sight of a dog, even
when the dog is not dangerous and that can be linked to adrenaline
rush in the blood of the person.
Adrenaline, is a chemical substance or hormone
which when released into the body or blood gives the person a signal to act
towards keeping himself or herself safe. It's usually elicited when someone is frightened, angry or excited, which makes the heart beat faster and prepares the body to react to danger (Cambridge Dictionary). Some people will just run
for safety and some people will act towards staying alive by either
fighting off the problem or taking extreme precautions. There is a
believe that this chemical substance called Adrenaline can be perceived by dogs through their sense of smell and can be interpreted
to be “evil intention” related.
I don't know if it's possible to train
a dog to perceive adrenaline since the chemical may have to be
extracted and introduced to the dog as part of his training just like
it's done with drugs and human detection where the substance is
directly introduced to the dog or the clothes of the person to be
found brought closer to the dog's nose to smell and get accustomed
There are many Africans that believe
that dogs don't only fend off evil minded people but also fend off
evil spirits and witches that might want to harm them at night,
especially when they are asleep. In my own mind, I think evil minded
people will not want there intentions exposed by a dog and will try
their possible best to stay away from premises with dogs. The mere
fact that the dogs will announce their presence can serve as a deterant.
Just like the client that complained
about his dog that was showing serious dislike to a particular
individual, I have come across some scenario in my practice too. Some
dogs can single someone out and decide never to get along with such a
person while the same dog is very friendly to every other person.
Sometimes, you can hardly explain the problem. This might be where
that believe came from.
What if there is a particular perfume,
deodorant, body scent, make-up, hair cream, hair dye and any other
substance that someone constantly uses or bears that makes the person
smell unnatural to the dog? Since dogs have a great sense of smell
it might turn out to be any of these aforementioned substances that
can be a turn off for the dog. I don't know if any research has been
carried out in these areas to establish the possibility of this.