One Hour Time Change and Your Dog
Spring Ahead, Fall Bark — Daylight Saving Time and Your Dog
By Michael Barmish
On November 1th at 2 a.m., Daylight Savings Time
comes to an end. We turn our clocks back one hour, thus enjoying the
longest weekend of the year. What does this mean, other than causing
For most of us, it usually gives us an extra hour in bed, an extra
hour before we plant ourselves in front of the TV for a Sunday afternoon
of football games, or, for those who forget to set their clocks, an
hour to wonder why it suddenly got so dark so early.
One way or another, we know something’s up with the clock and time of
day. But what about your dog? There’s no turning his clock back. Unless
he has an amazing talent, he can’t even read a clock. Unlike the rest
of us, he doesn’t ponder why we go through this ritual every year. Dogs
just know something is different. Unless, of course, it’s a dog that
lives in Hawaii or Arizona, states that don’t observe Daylight Savings
That one hour does take a psychological toll on dogs. As we know,
they are creatures of habit with a biological clock, or circadian rhythm
which, according to Wikipedia “is present in the sleeping and feeding
patterns of animals, including human beings” and is determined by
So, if you take your dog for a walk every day at 7 a.m., come 6 a.m. on November 5th, don’t be surprised
when Rover is sitting at your bed, staring you down with the leash in
his mouth. Or, if you usually feed him the same time every day, you
might expect a little confusion when his bowl sits empty at what he
perceives is his usual feeding time. Okay, confusion may not be the
right word. More like, anxiety.
Dogs may also get stressed out when you come home from work in the
dark when they are so used to it being light out upon your return. Other
than asking your boss to leave early, and good luck with that, there is
not much you can do to change when you come home.
However, you can ease your dog into these other changes by slowly
altering walking and feeding schedules, playtime, and so on, until the
routines are back on schedule. The best time to start is now, a couple
of weeks ahead of the change, delaying regularly scheduled events by a
few minutes each day. By the time of the changeover, your dog will
already be used to the new routine.
The effects of the sudden time change can last for a few days or up
to a few weeks. So a little extra attention and understanding now can go
a long way in getting your dog back on the time track.
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