Atmospheric pressure recorded by a device called a barometer is barometric pressure. This pressure peaks and dries, creating our weather variations. High pressure exceeds the pressure surrounding it. It combines a bright, cloudless sky with dry air. Low pressure is pressure less than the pressure surrounding it. Low wind, lifting air, warm air, clouds, moisture, rain, thunderstorms, tropical storms, cyclones and tornadoes.
Human studies have revealed that variations in barometric pressure induce several physical, mental, and behavioral changes. They include headaches, mood changes, and increased pain complaints. Maybe you or someone you know believes that you can better anticipate the weather than the weatherman, only because you notice changes in your body or emotions.
So, how do these changes in the atmosphere impact your dog? Science isn’t pretty certain. But dog owners, in particular hunters, have observed barometric pressure decreases and those with scent hounds have changed their course. This finding led them to think that their animals have changed their scent to offset the changes in their mode of transportation of fragrances.
They also noticed that their dog prefers to lift his head higher in drier air, capturing fragrances when air pressure is higher. If it is particularly windy, their dogs have a more difficult time tracking a scent, most likely because the direction of the scent shifts. When the barometer lowers and the winds calm down, signaling a low has moved in, their dogs prefer to hold their heads lower to the ground when pursuing a smell.
There are certain observant owners who are exceptionally attached and attentive, who have stated they are informed there will be a shift in the weather by monitoring physical and behavioral changes in their dogs. They included restlessness, panting, trembling, whimpering, and drooling. A number of them feel their animal has a desire to hide; others find their dog has a need to be extremely close to them.
There are owners of arthritic dogs who report their canines frequently seem stiffer and have greater trouble getting up or walking when the barometric pressure is low. They may be accurate. Why can’t dogs feel the extra strain on their joints, as we do?
Bottom line-If you are mindful of the changes in your dog, that’s fantastic! If you aren’t, maybe now you will pay more attention, because you’ll know what to look for. Your dog may be trying to tell you something, in the only manner they know.