This is what I’m sure many Weimaraner owners will see an hour earlier than they should when we “fall back” and change our clocks to standard time.
In addition to being a testament to just how food-centric Weimaraners are, Weimy-face-in-our-face is actually a result of a pretty cool scientific phenomena, the circadian rhythm.
Do you Weims seem to know when you’re supposed to be back from work, when you’re supposed to feed them dinner, or when you’re supposed to walk them? They have a sense of time due to their circadian rhythm, which all animals have. It’s basically a 24 hour internal cycle. Your Weims’ brains coordinates these circadian rhythms and that’s what we call an internal clock. This internal clock controls things like sleeping at night and when your Weims feels most active (early evening). It also controls other cyclical things such as the timing of heat cycles as well as coat growth in the winter or shedding in the summer.
All dogs, especially Weims, are uncannily good at pattern recognition. For instance, they know that when you pick up their leash, it means that they are about to go for a walk. But in the case of Weimy-face-in-our-face on that morning we turn our clocks back, there’s no change in pattern for them to discern. So while you might be looking forward to that extra hour of sleep when we change our clocks this fall, chalk it up to your Weims’ internal clock that has no clue what our arbitrary “spring forward,” “fall back” rules are — and get ready to wake up an hour earlier than you need to!