Autumn: New Routines
With the seasons ready to change, the light begins to darken, our routines start to become familiar, and our dogs adapt. How do we know if our dogs are adjusting well? Changing routines can be hard on our families and our dogs. Our dogs can’t vocalize and express their emotions the way that people do, but they will tell us in other ways.
A change in behaviour may be the first sign that your dog is experiencing stress, anxiety, frustration or boredom. Although, there can be may different reasons for a change in behaviour and there is never one solution to help each dog. There are a few things you can try to help your four legged friend. Visit your vet, ensuring that your dog is in good health is the first step. Next, make some time to spend with your dog doing what he loves to do, this is why you got a dog isn’t it?
With the winter approaching its important to consider how much exercise your dog is getting. Winter months can increase the weight of our dogs, as regular walks can become a thing of the past. By maintaining your dogs exercise in the fall and early winter, it can help ease them through the winter and have less strain on their weight by the time we welcome the spring weather back.
Each season can bring positive changes to all. Being creative and coming up with new ways to help ease your dog into a new routine, and maintain exercise can be a great learning experience. Dogs can pick up on our emotions so stay positive and enjoy autumn.
Fall Safety Reminders
-Put a safety light on your dog to help protect them in the darkness
-Reflective leashes and collars can help your dog be seen at night
-Dogs can become more sensitive at night to movement and noises
-Sign your dog up for a fun training class to keep them stimulated
-Ask your local trainer about a doggie daycare or walking service
Holly Forrest, CPDT-KA