Weird Fear #1: Cooking
One would think the smells associated with preparing delicious meals would attract dogs and make them salivate, but Nancy Williams, an associate certified applied animal behaviorist and registered veterinary technician, had a different experience with her own dog once.
“I was cooking fish once when the dog was young, and the smoke alarm went off,” she recalls. “Whenever I would cook fish after that, the dog wouldn’t be himself. He was afraid of the alarm but associated that fear with the smells of that day.”
Another kitchen-related fear, though this one appears to have more to do with the act of cooking itself than any external sights and sounds, has to do with the thing itself being cooked.
Greta Kaplan, a Portland-based certified professional dog trainer and certified dog behavior consultant, said multiple colleagues have encountered cases of fearful behavior in dogs when lamb is being cooked, adding that while no one seems to know why this occurs, it appears to be fairly common.
Perhaps it’s the scent of spices and other ingredients that traditionally accompany lamb, or it could be something else entirely, but if your dog starts acting unusually when chops are for dinner, know that he’s not alone.