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Old 07-07-2014, 08:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What would you recommend? We moved from damp Oregon to dry, desert Idaho. It's so bad here that I can't even pet my pups without shocking them 95% of the time. It makes them jump back, and makes me jump too, cuz it sort of hurts a little. My dogs want me to love them, but how can I when I hurt them every time I go to touch them. I was thinking about adding a humidifier to their sleeping area, but that won't help when they're outside during the day, or will it? What are my options? I pet them anyway, but it's hit or miss if I'm going to shock them. I don't want them to NOT want me to pet them anymore.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I use a conditioner spray on my dog after baths that is supposed to help with static.

It's by Best Shot. I'm not sure how long the effects last though.

A humidifier is a good idea too
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try wiping them down with laundry sheets just an idea.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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When you pet them start with a nice solid pat on the shoulder. Should discharge the energy and stop anyone from feeling it.
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This happens outside too? If it is only going on inside, get a humidifier(it'll help you too!)
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If it is only going on inside, get a humidifier(it'll help you too!)
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Don't wear socks and scoot your feet around the house too!
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Ground yourself before you touch them.
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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LOL, after years of living in Idaho I am still trying to figure out how to deal with static electricity! Someone told me to keep a no-static cling free dryer sheet handy and rub my hands with it before I touch my animals. Not sure if it works, since I never tried it.
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Static Guard - a spray that I even used as hair spray when I lived in Wyoming... You could also discharge the electricity by touching a doorknob before petting the dog...
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