How weather influences behavior
Now that spring has arrived in the northern parts of the hemisphere, many people feel different with the change in season.
While we might feel less sleepy and happier during the day, most animals greatly change their schedule.
Squirrels start scurrying around, bears wake up from their long nap and birds focus on nesting.
This leaves the question of what our dogs like to do in spring and how the season makes them feel.
Similar to humans, every dog can react differently to weather depending on their breed, age, coat type, and health.
My three-year-old Rottweiler, for example, would love to have winter all year round.
When the sun comes around the corner, she loves to bathe in it but any exercise leaves her panting almost immediately.
Other dogs however might become extra active during the warmer months as they actually produce less melatonin in the spring and summer.
With all the extra smells exploding from the ground, your dog might be inclined to spend more time sniffing everything out. 🌷
If you have a dog that is susceptible to quick movements, he might be super reactive to all the birds, squirrels, and chipmunks.
Now let's look at what other owners are saying.
Using an international online survey, researchers collected data on how dog activity levels change from summer to winter.
The 3,135 respondents reported reduced exercise duration and vigor for their dogs in warm weather.
About 90% of dog owners like to carry or walk near water to give their pets the opportunity for a cool down.
This would also be my number one tip and it's what I do to get my dog through warmer months.
Lastly, shedding season occurs in spring and fall and lasts for about 2-4 weeks.