How to Help Your Dog Adjust to Daylight Saving Time

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Daylight saving time starts on Sunday, which means an added hour of daylight and the imminent arrival of spring. It also means that we all lose an hour of sleep, and on Monday, a lot of us are going to be dragging our behinds around, bleary-eyed, struggling to recover from the monkey wrench the time change throws into our circadian rhythms.

That includes our dogs and their rhythms.

Think about it. Dogs may not perceive time in the codified way humans have arranged it, but they do live their lives within the schedules we impose on them. They eat when we feed them, pee when we take them outside and sleep more or less based on our sleep schedules. So, when everything shifts, they definitely feel the change just like we do.

Fortunately, you can help ease your dog's confusion from the time change, and Cesar Millan's blog, Cesar's Way, has some tips.

First of all, start now. Make a few incremental adjustments to your dog's daily schedule over the next few days so the official time change won't feel so sudden.

Do everything 20 minutes early today. That means feedings, walks, playtime, even your own bedtime, which counts as a signal to your dog's routine. (And, of course, this will also ease your own adjustment to the time change.) Repeat each day, until it's time to turn forward the clock.

You and your pooch may still suffer from a bit of time-change lag, but you can certainly make it much easier for both of you with a bit of planning ahead. By making a small adjustment each day, your dog's internal clock won't be shocked by the dreaded "spring forward."


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I agree with the other posts! My dogs (3 of them) sleep most of the time anyway! What do they care if their day or night starts or ends one hour earlier!

Although, I did have to split the difference when it came to my epileptic dog's medication. I couldn't just give it to him an hour late or early depending on the time change. He needs it at 10am and 10pm, pretty much exactly or it triggers a seizure. Yes, it cuts into our time, we have to watch the clock!

April 05 2013 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really! are you people for real. what difference does it make to a dog if the time changes. WOW! you people really need to get a life. the only thing my 4 dogs are concerned about is food, fresh water, going places with me and crowding me out of my own bed. but the love me unconditionally unlike humans. so, they dont give a rats patooty what time it is.

March 09 2013 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who gives a s-hit if the dog doesn\'t like DST. It\'s a DOG. They don\'t have an alarm clock.

March 08 2013 at 10:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is the worst news story I've ever seen in my life

March 08 2013 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you're kidding with this story huh? Ive had lots of dogs-I have a 16 yr old senile but happy dog and he knows when it's time to eat,sleep without me telling almost embarrased by my own reaction to this absurdity

March 08 2013 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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