Saturday, March 13, 2010

Daylight savings can throw off dogs' potty schedules

As you turn your clocks forward an hour tonight, take a moment to think about how this odd human custom might affect your dog's routine. Since dogs can't understand our "time change," and can't control when they go outside to relieve themselves, daylight savings time can force even the most well-trained dog to urinate or defecate in the house.

To help your dog through the time change, take a day or two to shift their eating and potty schedules gradually, if possible. If you're one of the many nine-to-fivers who's accustomed to rushing home right after work to let Fido out, you may need a little help to get through the first few days. If your dog holds it for eight hours every day and is used to urinating at 5:30 p.m.--and 5:30 p.m. on the dot--help him out by having a friend, neighbor, or professional dog-walker come for a ten-minute potty break at lunch or in the afternoon.

By the end of the week, you and your pooch will be back on the same schedule, and your rugs will have nothing to show for it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the picture is hilarious and perfect!!

March 18, 2010 at 7:43 AM  

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