Daylight Savings Time is coming back around again. It’s time for our twice a year clock adjustment and it’s happening this weekend as a matter of fact.
Seems like only yesterday when I wrote a post about clocks falling back for standard time.
The second Sunday in March we turn our clocks forward one hour, lose one hour of sleep and cause confusion for our pets…
The Boys are super smart, but they cannot tell time.
Loss of that one hour will disturb their rhythm because of their biological clock!
CIRCADIAN RHYTHM –
Circadian Rhythm is basically a 24 hour internal clock that runs constantly in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. Source: National Sleep Foundation
Outside factors like lightness and darkness play a huge role with that part of your brain which controls your circadian rhythm.
When things get in the way, like –
- late night hours
- or anything that keeps you up into the wee hours of the night
Your circadian rhythm gets disrupted and will make you feel out of sorts. Many people find it harder to pay attention.
Our dogs function the same way. Daylight Savings Time can cause sudden differences in their daily routines…
A PET PARENTS PLAN –
Come Sunday our dogs will know somethings up.
They are creatures of light –
Animals are closely tuned to the cycles of light and dark in terms of their physiology and behavior. Source: Pet Health Network
Unfortunately we cannot “reset” their clocks and the majority of their schedules are determined by natural sunlight.
Some dogs may become stressed out because your returning from work in the dark when they’re accustomed to seeing you come through the door in the daylight hours.
After daylight savings goes into effect, activities like meals and walks may be met (initially) with a little bit of confusion and/or anxiety.
The struggle in our house will be our morning ritual. Breakfast will get served while it’s still dark and for Harley that’s a problem. In past years he has come down to the family room (that first morning after we’ve switched the clocks) and lounged on the couch for a while instead of eating his breakfast right away…
I will need to coax him the first couple of days.
MY PLAN –
Friday and Saturday I will rise earlier in preparation for Sunday. This will help not only them – but me as well.
I chose the weekend because I don’t have to rush out of the house at the crack of dawn to go anywhere other then to walk them.
Most dogs (like most people) find the time switch to be “no big deal.” But for others that first week can be unsettling. If you have a dog that has difficulty sleeping or is extremely sensitive to time changes, ask your vet about nutritional supplements or relaxing scents.
Friday, Saturday AND Sunday after dinner, l plan to run, play, and romp them into comatose exhaustion…
Hopefully they will fall asleep earlier resulting in an earlier wake up time. #onecanpray
The benefits of springing ahead means more outdoor activities – which is always up our Doodle alley…
What do you do to help your dog adjust to daylight savings time?…
Daylight Savings Time means the clock in the car will finally be correct! ❤
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DISCLAIMER: I am not a veterinarian nor a scientist. I’m a pet parent always interested in understanding more about my dogs. If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.