Gloomy, cloudy skies are becoming more common as we head into winter. There are many weeks of inversion with no sun and below-freezing temperatures. It is a challenge for even the most dedicated outdoor lever to get into the fresh air. What we are referring to is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This not only affects humans, but it has a huge impact on dogs as well.
Perhaps you have noticed that your dog’s behavior is already shifting during the colder winter months. This is confirmation that your dog may have the disorder. Many pet owners report less energy, more lethargy, and sleepiness in their dogs during the winter. Part of this is due to the shortness of winter daytime hours, Oddly enough, your dog (and yourself) produce more melatonin during the cold months which cause tiredness, sadness and irritability.
There are many things that you can do to help you and your dog with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Sunshine is huge! Be sure to open blinds, turn on lamps and invest in a “happy light”. We know that it is hard to do in the winter but take some time to go outside. Bundle up for a 30-minute walk with your four-legged friend and look at some Christmas lights along the way. Take a vacation! Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to get you in the right mindset