Rain, Rain Go Away!
If there’s a light rain, Suki will quickly potty then make a beeline for the door. If there’s a heavier rain, forget about it! She plops her furry little butt down at the door and refuses to budge an inch. Girl will hold her pee for hours rather than go out in the rain! I’ve tried putting an umbrella over her, going out with her, bribing her with treats, etc… She doesn’t mind baths or jumping in puddles, so what gives with the rain? Is it getting her paws wet, the feel of the rain hitting her, the cold of it? Now she detests thunderstorms (which I understand), but why a simple rain?
I started researching if there was an actual reason for Suki’s hatred of the rain as a dog, or if she was just a prima donna. Turns out, she has a valid reason. Dogs hear at a wider range of frequencies than us. The low end of the range is similar, but dogs can hear noises up to 45 kHz while humans only hear up to 23 kHz. The sound of the rain hitting the ground and other items is actually amplified to a dog’s sensitive hearing and can hurt their ears.
Guess I can’t accuse Suki of just being a spoiled diva anymore. I feel kinda bad for making her go out in the rain now. Maybe a leash umbrella would help?