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March 31, 2005 9:02 PM   Subscribe

Any tips for getting rid of static electricity in big, furry dogs? My Old English sheepdog is always rubbing against the couch and rolling around on the carpet. Every time I scratch him behind his ears, I get a slight jolt. I've tried rubbing down his favorite pillow with a Bounce sheet, but of course the static always comes back. Thanks to everyone in advance.
posted by invisible ink to Pets & Animals (5 answers total)
 
Can you rub down the dog with a Bounce sheet?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:08 PM on March 31, 2005 [1 favorite]


A few tablespoons of fabric softener in a spray bottle, fill to the top with water. Spray the dog, the carpet, the couch, your clothes, everything, as often as needed. I do this at the office once a month to help protect the computers from static. It smells great, plus you don't get any white fuzzies on black fabric (like skirts and slacks)
posted by rhapsodie at 10:59 PM on March 31, 2005


I would be cautious about spraying anything on a dog that's not intended for consumption, what with dogs' tendency toward licking. This anti-static spray is made for dogs, and would probably accomplish similar results.
posted by boomchicka at 4:10 AM on April 1, 2005


What boomchicka said. It's not only the dog licking toxic substances to worry about, it's also that you could inadvertently give your dog a serious skin irritation.
posted by biscotti at 4:43 AM on April 1, 2005


Do you have a humidifier? You might try that -- you get more shocks when the air is very dry.
posted by jennyjenny at 7:46 AM on April 1, 2005


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