A few weeks ago we were making pancakes and the smoke alarm went off. As I was waving a magazine at it to clear up the smoke I saw Chunyo shaking like a leaf. It took a few minutes but he eventually calmed down. Well this past weekend, we made pancakes again (yum!). The smoke alarm did NOT go off this time. But wouldn’t you know it – Chunyo was shaking again. It took a few minutes but after reading his body language we realized that he now associates the smell of the pancakes with the smoke alarm. Amazing! Poor thing..
Here is an article from Modern Dog magazine on dog’s body language. Read below to see what they say about dogs who are feeling fearful. The picture above confirms it – Chunyo is scared of smoke alarms!
“Dogs can move their ears independently and almost 180 degrees from the front to the back. In general, consider that the more forward your dog’s ears are, the more confident he is about a given situation. The further back and pinned against his head and neck your dog’s ears are, the more fearful he is.”