Stupid Dog Tricks

You look up in the sky and you see jet airplane contrails. What do you think? Most of us think nothing of these water vapor trails that follow high altitude commercial aircraft. Of course, if you’re a conspiracy theorist you might refer to these jet water vapor trails as “chemtrails” and believe that that governments or other parties are engaged in a secret program to add toxic chemicals to the atmosphere from aircraft in a way that forms visible plumes in the sky. But that is stupid human tricks.

We have a dog, though, who is always looking skyward for the jet plane contrails, and when she sees them, she starts running around our yard barking like crazy at these visible contrails. I’ve had dogs all my life and I never before had a dog that reacted this way to jet aircraft contrails.

So I googled, “Do dogs bark at jet aircraft contrails?” Interestingly, it’s apparently not that unusual. Google said…

There are a few possible reasons why dogs bark at jet aircraft contrails. One possibility is that they are startled by the sudden appearance of the contrail, which can be quite large and white. Another possibility is that they are reacting to the noise of the aircraft, which can be quite loud. Finally, it is also possible that dogs are barking at contrails because they see them as a threat. Contrails can sometimes look like snakes or other predators, and dogs may be barking in an attempt to scare them away.

Google did say that not all dogs bark at jet aircraft contrails. Some dogs may be indifferent to them, but other dogs may bark at them because they feel frightened or excited by them. Figures that my crazy dog is the latter.

If you have a dog, have you ever noticed him or her barking at contrails?

12 thoughts on “Stupid Dog Tricks

  1. Sadje April 20, 2023 / 3:20 am

    Maybe she believes in conspiracy theories too. 😂

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  2. Irene April 20, 2023 / 7:38 am

    What breed is your dog? Mine is a Cocker Spaniel/Poodle, so has pointer and flushing (locate and make birds fly for the hunter) ancestry; he is now a blind senior citizen, but before, he would react to every airborne stimuli: birds (flying low or even very high), planes, etc.

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  3. goldfish April 20, 2023 / 10:25 am

    I’ve never heard of that. Most of my dogs have been scared of fireworks and garbage trucks.

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    • Fandango April 20, 2023 / 10:33 am

      Most of my dogs have been scared of fireworks, too. But not this one. Just jet plane contrails! 🤷🏼‍♂️

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  4. pensitivity101 April 20, 2023 / 11:42 am

    Nope. My family has always had a dog, and I’ve had dogs nervous of thunder and fireworks, but never heard of this. We lived near a RAF base and often saw the Red Arrows going through their paces. Eurofighters flew over our house every day, some of them with their ‘crowd pleasers’ on which made the house shake sometimes. Maggie never bothered, but although they could take off two or three at a time, they could only land one at a time, so if there were six coming in, that was a lot of circuits. Maggie got fed up once, put her feet on the fence and barked at the sky! We have aircraft and con trails here and Maya’s not fazed by it. Most dogs don’t tend to look up though as they are more intent on sniffing the ground.
    New one on me Fandango.

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    • Fandango April 20, 2023 / 12:57 pm

      Yes, fireworks and thunder for sure. But jet plain contrails is a new on on me.


      • pensitivity101 April 20, 2023 / 1:29 pm

        I know of one person whose dog was afraid of tractors……….. it didn’t seem to mind big lorries, trucks or buses, but tractors would drive him nuts.

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          • pensitivity101 April 21, 2023 / 11:04 am

            She got round it by hugging a tractor……….. it wasn’t moving, but the farmer was rather surprised!

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  5. leigha66 April 30, 2023 / 7:54 pm

    That is a new one… really, contrails? Who knew?

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