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Daylight savings: how to make sure your dog remains comfortable

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Though daylight savings enables us today to sleep an extra hour, it can perturb our pets’ biological clock. However, it is possible to make the change less disturbing for them.

By Justine Seraphin, 25 Oct 2019

For us, changing time means adjusting your clocks and perhaps feeling a little more tired than usual for a day or two. But dogs are creatures of habit, and routine makes them feel comfortable. So when the time changes, their whole lives are turned upside down!

Your dog will probably feel confused

Though you may want to sleep an extra hour on Sunday, your dog will probably wake up at the same time as he usually does…an hour earlier!

Of course, dogs don’t know that the clocks have been set back, so their internal clock doesn’t change at all. They’ll still be hungry at the same time they usually are and will want to go to the bathroom at the time they usually do. When you change to winter time, your pooch may try to get your attention a lot!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Your dog may also become a little naughty for some time. Indeed, he’ll have to wait for you to get home an ‘hour later’ than he usually does and may become slightly impatient or anxious until he re-adjusts. You may find a little ‘accident’ when you get back to your house, or some furniture destroyed, for example. He may also be a little less patient when waiting to be walked or fed.

Progressive adaptation is key

The best way to make sure that your dog adapts appropriately to the time change is to slowly transition his habits to winter time over a period of a few days.

Re-schedule his usual activities (mealtimes, walks, playtime…), to a few minutes later each day until you reach Sunday! You can even start this process today!

Your dog will in this way adapt to the time change in a paced manner and  won’t feel too confused when his daily habits shift to a new time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Whatever happens, be understanding and patient with your pooch. Always remain on the lookout for signs of unease and adapt your method according to your dog’s behaviour.

And of course, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your veterinarian if you feel like your dog is struggling to adapt to the time change.