This coming Sunday we fall back to Standard Time. We will set our clocks back one hour (before dawn) to segue out of Daylight Saving Time and back to Standard Time…
While the extra hour that first morning will feel like heaven #toyou, remember your pup may not see it the same way.
Youngsters and Senior dogs may still need to “rise” at their usual hour to take care of business regardless of the fact that the sun isn’t up.
Dogs are creatures of habit. They don’t set their routines by a clock – they love consistency.
Especially with –
- Potty Time
- Meal Time
- Together Time
For some, when the old familiar schedule is disrupted – the change can affect their behavior.
HOW TO HELP THEM COPE? –
Several days before the clocks go back an hour – I alter the Boys schedule just a bit.
Their ages (8.5 and 2.5) affords me the ability not to race outside immediately in the morning. I can delay our morning rituals by 15-20 minutes each day.
Evening meals are served a little later as well. For those extra minutes, I use it for our fun/play moments BEFORE they eat, then we walk.
Since dogs are also creatures of light, I anticipate their cycles to be a little off initially.
As they adjust, I will adapt to their impromptu naps…
…and probably catch a few Zzzzz’s myself!
How does your dog react to the change in time?
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time ❤️
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