I've never encountered a dog with a watch. Do dogs actually have sense of time ? Do they sense what time it is? Is their sense of time different from ours?
As human beings, we attach great importance to time. Our race has always been involved in it, long before the first calendars and clocks made the abstract concept of time 'visible'. Do dogs have a similar sense of time? Do they, like humans, attach importance to time? To figure this out, we first need to know when dogs were first domesticated and when time was first measured.
The answer to these questions is largely buried with prehistory, but it is possible to make a vague sketch. When were dogs first domesticated? It is estimated that dogs started living with humans about 14,000 years ago. More recent evidence suggests that the dog-human bond stretches back even further, to 33,000 years ago.
Nor is there any certainty about the start of time measurement. The oldest calendar we know of is only 10,000 years old. And the world's oldest timepiece is only 3,300 years old. Man has therefore been living together with his four-legged friend for longer than time measurement has existed. Dogs have obviously changed a lot over time since we first domesticated them. Have they taken over our obsession with time? Do they have any sense of time at all?