How Going Back to School Can Impact Your Dog’s Health: Tips for Keeping Your Dog’s Mind Active and Happy

With school back in session and fall coming into full swing, a large change in routine can affect your pup in ways that might be tricky to see. To help, we have compiled a list of seven tips to keep your pup’s mind active, happy, and stimulated to maintain healthy cognitive function as we transition into a new season.


1. Try different forms of exercise to keep them active.

Walks are your dog’s bread and butter of enjoyment but incorporating a new activity such as swimming can help put a pep in their step. Give them something new to look forward to when you get home or over the weekends! Swimming is a great low-impact exercise that can help older dogs stay active and improve their mobility. Ever tried frisbee golf? Take them along the course with you! Even walking in a new place can help keep your dog mentally engaged. Remember to allow them to sniff till their heart’s content along the way, as supporting your dog’s sense of smell is one of the strongest ways to maintain cognition.

2. At home games to keep them active and engaged.

Some pet cameras come with built-in treat dispensers and allow you to interact with your dog remotely. You can dispense treats and even talk to your dog through the camera.

3. Play their favorite audiobooks, TV, or music.

Some dogs enjoy listening to audiobooks or watching TV programs designed for dogs. These can provide auditory and visual stimulation. Some studies suggest that certain types of music can help reduce anxiety in dogs. Many dog owners have reported positive effects of playing music for their pets. It’s believed that the rhythmic and melodic qualities of genres such as reggae, can have a soothing influence on dogs.

4. Take their rest and relaxation routine to the next level.

Ensure that their favorite sleeping area receives some natural light during the day. Dogs often feel more comfortable in well-lit spaces, and exposure to natural light can help regulate their sleep patterns. Some older dogs may need more comfortable bedding to help them have a good rest – they’ll thank you later! Consider your dog’s size, age, and any specific needs they may have, such as orthopedic foam for older dogs with joint issues.

5. Rotate Toys:

To keep things fresh and exciting, rotate your dog’s toys regularly. This can make familiar toys seem new and interesting.

6. Exercise and Mental Stimulation with routine.

Before leaving for work or school, engage your dog in physical exercise and mental stimulation. A tired dog is more likely to relax and sleep while you’re away. This can also help to lessen separation anxiety in dogs.

7. Make new changes positive and gradual.

Whenever possible, make changes gradually. For example, if you’re altering your dog’s feeding schedule or exercise routine, do so in small increments over a few days or weeks. This allows your dog to adjust without feeling overwhelmed. Communicate with your dog using clear cues and signals. Use commands and gestures to help them understand what’s expected of them during the new routine. Use positive reinforcement to encourage your dog to adapt to the new routine. Reward them with treats, praise, and affection when they successfully follow the new schedule or behavior.


Bonus tip: Many pet parents find themselves saying, “I want my dog to have the best quality of life for as long as possible”. Along with following the tips above, consider incorporating Leap Years into your dog’s daily wellness routine.

Leap Years is the first ever NAD+ supplement for dogs that addresses the root causes of aging, starting at the cellular level. It is clinically tested to slow physical and cognitive signs of aging in dogs. Extending their healthy and happy days. Our chewy daily dog supplement exists to help bring more engagement, vitality and mental fitness back into your furry friend’s life.

You’ve probably never heard of NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) but it’s what fuels the energy in cells throughout an animal’s body. As a dog – or person, for that matter – ages, their NAD+ levels decline, which means their cells start to lose the ability to produce energy and function as they should. And that leads to disease and breakdown of different systemic functions.

Leap Years boosts NAD+ levels to maintain healthy cells function in your aging dog and supports the natural clearance of cells that no longer function properly, leaving room for healthier ones they age.

Leap Years keeps your dog feeling healthier & younger, longer.

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