If you, like most of the world right now, are non-essential personnel, you’re more than likely working from home. So, the big question is: after working in an office or building for your entire career, how do you make the transition to working at home a smooth one? More importantly, if you have pets at home, how can you stay productive while spending time with your fur babies? We are here to help you with that transition and provide suggestions on how to work at home with your pets.
Go for a walk prior to work
Remember-a tired dog is a good dog! If you’re worried your dog will be disruptive during your work time, try helping him to release some of that energy by taking him for a walk before work. Exercise does wonders for dogs and he will certainly thank you for it! All it will take is 20-30 minutes of physical activity for your dog to unwind. A way to incorporate mental stimulation, let your dog set the pace and let him sniff! It’s your dog’s way of exploring and seeing what is going on in the neighborhood. Once you make your morning walk part of your routine, your dog will come to expect this and appreciate the time you spend together each morning.
Set up a puppy free work area
Having a bed in your home office is great for your pet to be close by while you work. However, it is also a good idea for you to set up an area for your fur baby to be in case you must take conference calls or need to buckle down and focus on that difficult project. Crate training is a great way for your dog to have an area that he feels safe and can go without any anxiety. If your dog isn’t crate trained, make sure you have an area set up that he can safely stay while you are working and cannot interrupt your hard work.
Take puppy play breaks
Most people get breaks while at the office, so why should it be any different when you’re working from home? In addition to your lunch break, incorporate a few 15-20 minute breaks throughout your workday to take your dog outside to play or just get some extra cuddles in. Try to keep a schedule that way your dog doesn’t think he can stop you from working whenever he wants.
Keep your dog quiet during conference calls
Conference calls can be very important, and your dog may want to voice his opinion as well! Although you may not mind having conversations with your dog, your clients or company may not appreciate it so much. In order to keep your dogs quiet during the workday, supply him with plenty of toys that encourage thinking. These toys will also help keep your dog busy and not become destructive when you aren’t able to spend time with them throughout the day. When you know you have a conference call on the schedule, think ahead and fill a Kong with peanut butter and freeze it or get an IQ ball filled with treats. Prior to the call, give your dog the toy and let him self-entertain while you discuss all those important work matters.
Working from home may not be easy at first. If you try to keep a structured schedule, you may find that things will get easier. However, we all know that things don’t always go as planned. Maybe your daily work is taking longer than usual or that conference call got rescheduled during the time you typically take lunch. The most important thing you can do is be as flexible as possible and just go with the flow. Keep in mind that your pet will be there, just as excited as ever, to spend time with you when you can.
WARNING: WHILE WORKING FROM HOME WITH YOUR PET, YOU MAY EXPERIENCE:
· Reduced stress levels
· A boost in happiness
· More productivity
· Increased amount of pet snuggles, hugs, and kisses
· Improved exercise
Perhaps you have worked from home for a while or it’s a new development, either way we hope this has helped enlighten you on how to be productive while working from home with your fur babies. Let us know in the comments below if you work from home with your pet and how you manage your daily schedule.