Daylight Savings and Your Dog’s Internal Clock

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April 19, 2014
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Ok, losing an hour may mess you up for a day or two but did you know your dog might have a harder time adjusting? Just because the clocks changed doesn’t mean your dog’s internal clock changed.

Your dog may be trying to sleep now when it’s time for the morning walk or not quite ready to eat breakfast an hour earlier than before. If you’re lucky maybe you dog doesn’t seem too frazzled. But if you notice that your pup is dragging in the mornings and is operating off the new adjusted schedule there are a few things that you can try to make the adjustment not as shocking.

Feed your dog at the same “time” as before and slowly change to the new hour. So, if you fed your pup at 7am before daylight savings and you don’t have to run out the door to work, feed her at 8am then 7:45, then 7:30 and so on. Same for dinner if you are able to. Try the same with the walking schedule if possible and if not, then do the best you can. We know what it’s like to want to make sure our pets are ok and get to work, balance the two when they don’t sync, and try to stay sane at the same time.

Watch for signs of stress, no matter what, such as scratching, excessive licking, pacing, etc. Make sure to make those play times special and now that the weather is starting to warm up a little, maybe make that evening walk a little longer. You know that old saying, “A tired dog is a happy dog.”

Does your dog have a hard time adjusting to Daylight Savings Time? What do you do to alleviate the problem? Share it with us!

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