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    For the last couple of months I have been getting an electric shock if I touch Misha along her spine.
    I assumed it had something to do with the winds we've been having. The winds have now gone but I'm still getting a shock from her!
    It doesn't happen if I touch her on any other part of her body, only along the spine, and she is feeling it too!
    Has anyone else experienced this or heard of it happening? Better yet, do you know what I can do to stop it happening?

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    Can't help you with how to stop it. Poor Misha and poor you! I went to give Molly a pat the other day and zapped her on the nose by accident.. it took a few hours before she would come near me again!

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    I've only ever had this problem with the dog in the car, I think. I used to make sure I touched the side of the car to discharge any static electricity before I touched her.

    It's strange it's only one spot on her body? Although... I just Googled this and apparently dry conditions are a major culprit. One source suggests using a humidifier to keep the air moist and a conditioner to keep your dog's coat moisturised. It is possible that the fur on her spine is dryer than anywhere else on her body? There's some more info here: My Dogs Coat is Full of Static though can't vow for the source!

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    Change your shoes...

    If you're wearing shoes with thick rubber soles, you can build up quite a charge. Then you earth by touching your dog's spine.

    If you're not wearing thick rubber shoes - eg barefoot and it happens - your dog is building up a charge and earthing through you. Either way not fun.

    I have this problem with the car sometimes - when I'm wearing sneakers with thick soles. Even though the car shouldn't be able to earth - cos it's wearing thick rubber tyres. I guess the metal can become a bit charged enough to suck the opposite charge out of me.

    It hurts me less if I touch the car door with the car key and the zap goes through the metal end of the car key. Not sure how good that is for one of those electric keys though. I don't think that would help the dog though.

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    Thanks guys. Yes it could be the dry conditions caused by the air con, and yes I live in shoes with thick rubber soles!
    Now that the weather is warming up I'll go barefoot or leather soles for a while and also see if I can moisturize Misha's coat. She has dry skin and I've been washing her very infrequently to allow the natural oils to build up, but I'll look into moisturizers.
    Hope I can get on top of it cos it isn't pleasant for either of us!

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    It's either yours or her electric personality creating zaps

    Honestly I don't know, static seems to just happen sometimes, I went for a long period of time where I would get static when ever I went to shake some ones hand, even saw a spark sometimes. I wasn't wearing or walking on anything different.
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    Beau, apparently the weather has a lot to do with this - something I learnt yesterday.

    I used to work in an office building where every door handle gave me zaps.

    Earthing yourself often works to prevent it, but if it is the dog that's charged with electricity, that won't really help much. Unless maybe you touch them with something metal first? Worth a try?

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    If it's static electricity....try touching her quickly and firmly...you wont feel a thing. I experimented with the kids and the trampoline to work that one out.

    I was getting what i thought where electric shocks in my hands...it got worse and worse. It seemed like the power tools at work where zapping me but wouldnt zap anyone else.
    It turned out to be carpal tunnel in my wrists...it go so bad and painfull...in the end a jab of quaterzone in each wrist stopped the zaps.


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    Thanks for info. Since moving to our new house, we have static problem. And i have rubber soled ugg boots on all winter, now i know why.
    bare foot remedied.

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    quaterzone = cortisone (steroid).

    You of the thick rubber soles (or leather on nylon carpet...), could try earthing yourselves with something metal - like a key to a fridge side before you touch your poor unfortunate dog...

    If you notice your hair standing on end or just extremely and suddenly fuzzy when you're out doors - you're about to be struck by lightning. You've got a few options
    1. get inside a house or car or metal shed as fast as you can. Metal shed is not ideal even though it will conduct the lightning around the outside of you, a strike that close can still do major damage. Depending how big the shed is. Cars are great because the metal deflects the charge / strike around you which then arcs to the ground over the tyres - so you don't get indirectly zapped by the ground.

    2. Dr Karl (from JJJ) recommends making a very small mushroom shape and standing on one foot, the idea is to be as low to the ground as possible. I forget why the one foot. But you may also want to earth yourself by putting a wet palm on the ground (bypassing your rubber shoes) and then taking it off again - in the hope that your rubber shoes will insulate you (not a lot of good against a direct strike).

    3. Personally - I'd opt for lying flat and spread out on the ground in the middle of a football field at least 5m from the goal posts and surrounding trees - in the hope that the lightning will go for that instead.

    If you're all wet (thunderstorms), the lightning will travel via the water in your clothes but it will in the process - turn all that water to steam - and blow your clothes off you and probably scald you too. But that's better than the lightning taking a track through your body.

    Ok way too much (or not quite enough) info about lightening. If you ever get to see a Van der Graff machine - it's great fun. High voltage is ok so long as there is no current (travelling electrons).

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