Raining? I’m staying in!

Jus1948256_809977659034235_3513948208065018971_nt as humans do not want to get wet neither do some dogs. They would rather hold it than go out and do their business.

Barking Up The Right Tree blogs: ‘For many dogs going out in the rain is not about getting wet. Dogs have more sensitive ears and hearing than people. The sound of the rain is amplified in dogs ears. Rain sounds like nails on a chalkboard to a dog. One of the reasons a dog hesitates and starts to back up when faced with rain is the sound alone.

When rain moves through it is using part of a frontal system. These weather systems are often accompanied by changing barometric pressure. Changing barometric pressure also affects a dog’s ears by making them feel like they need to pop’.

Four of my own five dogs are happy to go out whether it’s sunny or pouring with rain though may be a bit wary of heavy wind, and just one, my Lurcher who is more delicate in general, prefers to stay under cover. They all love rainwater to drink. The two dogs in this video quite obviously think the lady is bonkers to imagine that they might like to go out in it.10614138_703317699754246_8401241149870618905_n

Richard Guthrie in an article ‘Birding’ for Timesunion.com explains why birdsong can sound different to us in the rain ‘As a drop of water will magnify an image, the rain drop will amplify the sound of the bird’s notes. The result is that what we think we hear really isn’t what it is’. He goes into some interesting technical detail which makes me wonder whether there is an aspect to the sound of rain – or to other sounds while it is raining – that can affect dogs in some way.  If birdsong can sound different to our dull human ears then possibly all sorts of sounds we can’t even hear could sound different to a dog?

Here is the story of a dog I went to recently that is very scared of all sorts of sounds, particularly rain – possibly associating rain with thunder.



About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist C.C.B (Certified Canine Behaviourist) INTODogs). I have helped over 3000 dog owners over eighteen years. In addition to online consultations all over the world, I cover Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks for home visits. A 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a full member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site: www.dogidog.co.uk
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