Updated: May 24, 2022
Spring has sprung, and the sights, sounds, and smells are begging us to come outside. Spring fever isn’t just a human condition that affects your pups, too. We’ve been cooped up all winter and again under spring storms, and our dogs are just as, if not more, eager to bask in the sun after the colder winter months. You may notice your dog become characteristically energetic as the weather warms up – here’s why.
The longer days and warmer weather bring everyone out, from the neighbors to the small animals outside. Squirrels, birds, and chipmunks are all back from hibernation or migration, and your dog is eager to chase them and play.
Dogs are particularly affected by spring because of their incredible noses and a heightened sense of smell. Spring brings the blooming of new flowers, fresh-cut grass, and backyard barbecues. So many scents and smells can drive your dog crazy! This includes the increase of dogs walking in the neighborhood and trips to the dog park, where the aroma of all that information can be overwhelming.
Warm weather can mean more time in the yard and open windows that distract even the laziest dog with the sounds of lawnmowers, dogs barking, kids playing, and music blasting.
Research also shows that dogs produce less melatonin when it’s sunny out. Melatonin makes us sleepy, so their increased energy during spring and summer is not only due to external stimuli but to biology as well.
Navigating the sights, smells, and sounds of summer with your best friend
is easier once you understand how they affect your pup. Remember to take it slow. If you need support, we can help balance your dog’s energy, remove blockages and provide tips and tricks, so you can enjoy spring to its fullest.