Dogs have an understanding of time
This is how you can make the time change easier for your dog
The clock is turned back or forward every six months. The one hour plus or minus can mess up not only you, but your dog as well. After all, he has got used to the same rhythm over the last six months: not only his head, but also his body with all its needs, such as eating or going to the toilet, may have adjusted to a certain time. His routine gets mixed up - this can be stressful and nervous for your dog. Our tips will help you get your dog used to the new times stress-free!
1. Understanding of the dog during the time change
Just as not everyone reacts equally to the time change, not every dog gets along with it equally well. There are four-legged friends who have no problem being fed an hour earlier or later, for others it is a great challenge. You know your dog best: If your dog is more sensitive, don't judge him for it. Show understanding and keep calm.
Warning: you should notice the clock change on your dog particularly difficult to create it never hurts to ask your trusted veterinarian for advice.
2. Step by step with the dog into the new era
If you have fixed times for walking, feeding, playing and the like with your dog, it is now necessary to gradually to the new time to accustom. Relocate your common rituals step by step - about every 15 minutes - forwards or backwards. You can start doing this a few days before the time change, or you can make up for the gradual adjustment after the change.
In this way, your dog will gradually get used to it in small steps new daily structurewithout having to endure an abrupt change of an entire hour. By the way: This method also helps many bipeds!
Gradually introduce new feeding times. © shutterstock.com / chalabala
3. Be a good role model for your dog during the clock change
You are the most important point of reference for your dog: you Behavior and well-being are transferred on your four-legged friend. That is why it is important - in order to prevent unnecessary nervousness in your dog - yourself, as always, to remain calm and relaxed. If your four-legged friend notices how relaxed you are in this situation, he will not see any reason to become nervous himself and will remain relaxed.
It is completely normal for the dog to be a little more restless after the time change. Let yourself go not out of calmbring and be a good role model: In order to get used to the new rhythm with your dog, you can go to bed earlier or later, for example.
4. Your dog needs plenty of fresh air during the time change
A lot of exercise is of course always particularly important for every dog. But if your dog should get used to the new times, fresh air and persistent romping are essential. If a dog has been outside a lot and has been able to work out, so is it more exuberant and relaxed: This way he can cope better with the time change.
5. Make the time change more relaxed with massages
Is your dog nervous about the time change? As the owner, you are probably familiar with some methods of calming down your four-legged friend. Massage can also help: let your dog wean and start training him to caress and massage in a relaxed way.
You should also be relaxed - this will be carried over to the animal. If you have previously taken a long walk, your dog will be all the more pleased with a nice one afterwards Pampering program.
Your dog relaxes with a pleasant massage. © adobestock.com / leungchopan
6. Distraction from the clock change with chews
There are many ways to keep your dog busy at home. This is especially important during the time change: The dog is distracted by demanding games. Chew toys are particularly helpful for this - chewing is a genetically anchored basic need of your dog and has one on him calming effect.
Give your dog something to chew, especially now: Since he pays particular attention to the toys, the stress caused by the time change quickly becomes secondary. Your dog can feel completely relaxed and stress-free get used to the new times and has successfully changed its rhythm for the next six months.
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