This past weekend we turned back our clocks an hour for daylight savings. This was established as a way to make better use of daylight for farmers and those who relied on the daylight for their daily tasks. Whether you’re happy to add in an “extra” hour of sleep or are sad to see the darkness come more quickly a night, the truth is changing our clocks can take some getting used to for most.
Not just humans, but especially our four-legged friends can become confused when they suddenly realize dinner time is happening later and your return home from work looks much different out in the yard.
Here are tips to help keep your pet safe and healthy with daylight savings.
Planning in advance for schedule and time changes makes sense. Animals are creatures of habit and if you’re suddenly planning on taking your daily walks earlier in the day before it gets dark, this could throw your pup off. Instead get them slowly accustomed to the changes by starting your walks earlier weeks before to give them time to get used to the new schedule. The same is true for feeding time. Both cats and dogs seem to know when it’s time to grub. If you miss the deadline you’re likely to hear the whines and purrs as they wait. If you’ll be feeding them later or earlier start doing that gradually as well.
Stay Safe on Evening Walks
If you plan to keep the same walking schedule in the late afternoon and will now be out in the darkness it’s important for your safety and the safety of your pet to ensure others on the road can see them. Use reflective gear like collars and harnesses to help them be seen and always bring a flashlight or other flashing device to ensure they and you can be seen.
Positive Reinforcement & Training are Key
As with any new changes and positive behaviors your pet is able to take on, it’s important to always give them praise and appreciation so they know they are right on track and doing good. It’s not only a great way to bond but it also increases the likelihood they’ll repeat the correct behaviors in the future.
Some training might be needed if your pup is still young and extra patience may be needed for older pets, but with the right attention and love, adjusting to less daylight can be a breeze for your family and pets.
Want to give your pet freedom and safety? Consider having a hidden fence installed. Offer them the ultimate freedom where they can roam around the house or the yard in the boundaries you set.