Do dogs get spring fever?
So you just got a dog, six months ago. You’ve always dreamt about having a pug and finally, after years and years of going back and forth with the idea of owning a dog, you finally went to the shelter and adopted a small, beautiful brown pug which you named Larry.
During winter you mostly stayed indoors, only letting Larry out in the backyard a few minutes each time, while you stayed in and read everything there is to know about living with a four-legged buddy. Every day you played, slept and even ate together, so you became best friends in no time.
But after a cold winter, as the weather heats up, you began noticing a change in Larry’s behavior. He started becoming more energetic, agitated and disobedient and so you find yourself asking “What happened?” and “Did I do something wrong?”. Well, these types of changes in conduct that happen in humans with the arrival of spring are called Spring Fever, and lately it has been proven that dogs suffer from it too.
So what exactly is Spring Fever? Well, just like humans, when seasons change, a pup may become confused. While the sun is up, and the weather is friendly, you will still find it hard to leave your comfy and warm bed to go for a jog. And when you do finally decide to go out, you usually take on too many layers of clothes, “just to be on the safe side.”
When you think about it, it’s exactly the same with some dogs. While some won’t feel the seasonal changes, lots of dogs will become anxious about it, while others will appear to be a little lazy, and here are some reasons why:
- The smells – you know that nature is quite stinky. During winter months, when everything is frozen still, there are no smells, and the air is fresh, just like on top of a mountain. But once the snows melt, all the odors start gushing out. While some may be pretty, like flowers and grass, others are not so pleasant. If you take into account that hot weather usually exacerbates bad smells and the fact that a dog’s olfactive sense is a thousand times better than a human’s, you may understand why Larry isn’t so thrilled to come out and play.
- Small animals. While you and your furry friend stayed indoors during the cold months, some small animals hibernated. With the coming of spring, back comes all the chipmunks, birds and squirrels. Although you most probably haven’t used Larry for hunting, his instinct will kick in and he will start tracking these small animals, a behavior that may make him look agitated. You should be careful to install a high fence and some products from our website, in order to be certain that your four-legged-buddy won’t jump over or dig under the fence in order to follow a squirrel.
- The sun – there are studies that show that a dog’s system produces less melatonin during sunny months, which is the chemical that is responsible for making you sleep. With less of this compound, Larry will have more energy, which will make him more agitated.
So there you have it, the three main reasons why your pup is showing some behavior changes during spring months.