Static electricity and thunderstorm-phobic dogs
March 26, 2006 11:23 PM Subscribe
I work with dogs who suffer from severe thunderstorm phobia. It's a difficult problem to manage because there are so many stimuli involved - the noise, the lightning itself, the smell of ozone, etc. These dogs seem to be able to sense atmospheric electrical charges that occur during thunderstorms - they feel the static in the air. Many of them head to the bathtub. I assume that the grounding plumbing pipes provide discharges the static.
I would like to build something that would help dogs who are fearful of the electrical phenomena that occur during thunderstorms, but I lack the physics background to even articulate clearly what I'm looking for.
posted by freshwater_pr0n to science & nature (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Is there an easy, safe way to avoid static buildup in a charged environment?