Dear Labby: Why Do Dogs Hate the Rain?
Look at this video – why won’t my dogs go out in the rain? They aren’t afraid of thunder – my weimie is a hunting dog, loud noises don’t bother her – so why won’t they go out when it’s just a shower?
Rainy Day Wondering
I’ve experienced the same thing with my dogs. They will stand at the door, look at the rain and then look back at me like they are saying “You crazy woman, I’m not going out there!”
I’ve seen it written that dogs don’t like to go out in the rain because the rain amplifies the sound and since their hearing is more sensitive than ours, it bothers them. Given we were talking about dog’s hearing just the other day, I thought it might be interesting to see if this was true.
The answer is I think so. I didn’t find anything from a reputable source that gave me much more than: the rain amplifies sound and hurts their sensitive ears.
I tried to locate something with some fact behind it – or at least an explanation and the best I found was an article on birds singing louder in the spring. It gave the best explanation of how rain amplifies or distorts sound waves, just as it does with light waves and creates rainbows. And there is more rain in the spring, so it seems as if they are singing louder.
I don’t know for certain if it’s true as I’m not a scientist, but it makes sense. If any of you out there ARE scientists, please weigh in with some facts for this question.