Just like us, some dogs can suffer from anxiety when their environment changes. A big change at this time of year is that their favourite little family members might be going back to school! After a whole summer of playing with their buddies, fetch all day in the yard, maybe even a camping trip, It can be hard for dogs to adjust to the sudden quiet and change in their routine. Food can play a role in helping to keep their minds and bodies busy in those long hours between the school bus taking and returning their best friend.
An idea to help keep your canine companion engaged is to use puzzle toys and spread their meals out throughout the day. You can allocate a portion of their normal daily offering to be fed from a toy instead of from their bowl. This makes them ‘work’ for their food, and it helps keep them mentally stimulated. Most puzzle toys will accommodate Halo dry food, although some are designed appropriately for Halo wet food as well, making this a fun activity appropriate for all dogs, no matter what food they are eating.