Oh, how I hate the time change! We had a hilarious discussion the day before about whether to feed the dogs a bit earlier or later to get on the new time. I think we chose wrongly, but are slowly making transitions. Any helpful hints for how to survive the craziness of this twice a year madness....other than moving to Arizona???
I was going to say that luckily I don't have to go through that (no daylight savings time here in Kampala) - BUT since we travel back to the US (and then back here) twice a year, Perry goes through a 7-8 hour time change AND jetlag 4 times a year
. The way I get through the time change is to not have a strict schedule. Perry eats breakfast when I get up - during the week that's at 7 (fix his food at 6, feed him when I leave for work at 7), on the weekends, when I'm on vacation, or if there's a holiday that might be anywhere between 7 and 9. He gets dinner some time between 4 and 7, depending on when I get home, what I'm doing when I get home, etc. So, I never have to deal with the 'but it's 4pm on the dot, where is my food' though there is usually a mental countdown from when I set the food bowl on the coffee table (whatever time that happens) - we can usually be patient for about 20 minutes but then Perry thinks that I've forgotten to feed him and reminds me that it's there
As for the waking up/ going to bed 'time change' issues - that's why him sleeping in his crate is perfect - going into the crate is sleeping time, coming out of the crate is time to wake up regardless of the physical hour.
So, my only advice - don't stick to a strict schedule all year
I know, that doesn't work for everyone. My Mom feeds her scotty at 4pm on the dot and heaven forbid it is 10 minutes late!