Just nine more points are now required for Burnley to match their tally from the whole of 2016-17, when finishing two spots above the relegation zone, and Dyche is fully aware of the magnitude of his achievements to date this term.
"I've spoken recently, and I always try to be as truthful as I can through the media, I didn't think we could get to where we've got to this early because the Premier League is so difficult," he told reporters.
"I thought we were better off than last season, I thought the group was looking better particularly as we got to the end of pre-season and started looking into the first few games. I thought we were in a better shape - the way the team were going about the pre-season and how they were going about their performances.
"But I'd be lying if I said we could hit this point certainly this early on, not because I don't believe in us by the way, but because the Premier League is very difficult and even when you're playing well you can lose a game. I've been pleased overall with the performance level and it has brought some very good points so I'm pleased with that."
Burnley are seeking a seventh win in nine outings when they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon.