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Why we get electric shocks from our dogs

And how to reduce static electricity in their fur

Danielle Elton

Posted 4 months ago ago

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Have you ever been shocked by your dog?

No, we don’t mean when you see them eating something they shouldn’t or enjoying zoomies around the garden, we mean literally.

If you’ve ever been zapped by your dog and wondered why, there is a logical reason.

Getting an electric shock from your furry friend is surprisingly common, especially at certain times of the year.

While it can occur all year round, you may find it happening more so during dry spells. Static electricity happens when the air is dry and cold and humidity is low.

And that static can affect your dog’s fur. 

Dogs, and other fluffy pets, can experience a small buildup of electric charge in their fur that results in you experiencing an electric shock when you touch them. 

And it’s likely that your dog will feel it too.

You may also notice their fur looking like it is standing on-end, another sure sign that their fur has a build up of static electricity.

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So, what’s the solution?

Well, unsurprisingly, the answer is to add moisture - to both the environment and your pet. And there are a number of ways you can do that.


Having your heating or air conditioning on can cause the air to dry out. You can tackle this problem by using a humidifier.

Humidifiers work by adding moisture back into the environment.

They’re inexpensive and are a simple way to try and reduce the static shock you experience from your pet.

Adding in some extra moisture to the air can also have the added benefit of improving your skin so it’s win-win!

Give your dog a pamper

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Give your dog a bath but instead of your usual shampoo and conditioner, switch to a moisturising product.

Not only will it help to nourish your dog’s coat, it will also add in some much-needed moisture.

You can also buy grooming sprays that can be used after a bath or between washes.

Ditch the plastic brushes

Another grooming tip that can help reduce the static is swapping to metal brushes.

Plastic will insulate the electrical current which will lead to an increase in shocks.

Try switching to metal brushes, or you can also buy ionic brushes which generate positive ions, counteracting the static.

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Omega 3

Keeping your dog healthy should be an important part of caring for them. And this can include supplements.

Have you considered giving your dog any supplements?

Omega 3 can help to keep your dog’s coat healthy from the inside out. This includes keeping it shiny and moisturised, which should in turn lead to less static.

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