As we head into April, spring is starting to really feel like it’s here! With the days getting longer and the temperatures getting warmer, you may notice an extra pep in your step. However, it might not be just you who is experiencing increased energy levels; our pups get a case of spring fever, too! Some studies have found that our canine pals can actually experience SAD (seasonal affective disorder), leading to lower energy levels and even depression during the long winter months. There has also been research to show that dogs actually produce less melatonin during the warmer months, leading to higher energy levels.
Chemistry aside, we all know that spring brings about new life. This means lots of new smells, and critters coming out of hibernation. Birds, squirrels, more dogs and their humans out on the street - so many things to bark at, so little time!
So what can we do to help burn some of this energy off? Here are some tips for you to make the most of your energy-burning time:
- Rather than looking at the duration of your walk, look at the quality! Choose a walk that takes you across some more challenging terrain, or go for a sniff safari! Let your pooch enjoy all those amazing springtime smells!
- Work on your recall! Spring often means more distractions, so it is a great idea to make sure your dog has a reliable recall, whether you choose to let him or her off leash or just as a safety precaution.
- Choose a new trick to train your pup on. This will help keep both of you sharp and your mind’s working.
- Look into other enrichment activities. Not all energy-burning has to be done physically - giving your dog’s mind a workout is just as important as a physical workout! There are tons of resources online on how to make your own enrichment toys, or you can purchase them at your local pet store.
There are so many ways that you and your bud can enjoy the spring weather! Let us know your favourite way to manage your dog’s spring fever on social media - we love to see our healthygang having fun!