The scientist went on to say one reason your pets are antsy at night is because they sleep during the day. This Ph.D. suggests we find activities in the afternoon to keep our Dobermans, Labs and pit bulls intellectually stimulated so they don’t nap from noon until 10 p.m. I can’t even keep myself intellectually stimulated, so tell me how to make this work with a 13-year-old beagle and a lazy cat.
One suggestion was to feed the dog several times during the day so he would always be on alert for a treat, and would avoid napping and possibly missing a biscuit. My wife tried this method with me when I kept nodding off during Sunday football games, but it didn’t work. I think she would have had more success with chicken wings than the Milk Bones.
I tried playing with the dog on the floor, but he fell asleep. Then I played with him on my bed, but I fell asleep. Then I put on the TV and turned to Animal Planet. We both fell asleep.
Yesterday in USA Today, an article said researchers now believe pets have a calming influence on your life, lowering blood pressure, leading to a more restful night. I wish I had read that last week. I could have used the sleep.
Dick Wolfsie is an on-air personality at WISH-TV Channel 8 and weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune.