The shift to remote work has transformed our homes into offices, bringing with it unique challenges. One such challenge for pet parents is managing their furry companions while working from home.
Creating a Routine
Dogs thrive on routine, so it's crucial to establish a consistent schedule for feeding, walking, playtime, and quiet time. Having a routine can give your dog a sense of security and reduce their anxiety while you're working.
Designating a Workspace
Establish a designated workspace where your dog understands you are "at work". If possible, choose an area separate from where you spend downtime with your pet.
Incorporate short breaks throughout your workday to spend quality time with your dog. A quick walk or a game of fetch can provide the necessary physical activity for your dog and a mental break for you.
Utilizing Tools and Toys
Interactive toys and treat-filled puzzles can keep your dog engaged while you're working. Kong toys or puzzle feeders are fantastic options.
While it's tempting to give in to those puppy eyes, it's essential to maintain boundaries. Reward calm behavior with attention and treats, and discourage attention-seeking behavior while you're working.
Managing your dog while working from home is a balancing act, but with patience, boundaries, and a routine, it's absolutely achievable. After all, having a furry friend by your side can make the work-from-home experience more enjoyable and less stressful.