The raging pandemic has turned our world upside down on all fronts and we had to learn to adapt. Working from home has become a new reality which has brought some new challenges before us. One of them is finding a way to work from home as a dog parent.
Your pooch may see your staying at home as a sign to play and cuddle, so dissuading them may be the key to have a productive workday. Here are some ideas!
Take care of the dog’s needs before work
Regardless of when your work starts, taking care of your dog’s needs should come first. Plan enough time to take them for a walk, feed them, and play a game of fetch. These activities will keep your dog satiated and allow them to burn some energy.
Also, sometimes it may be tempting to start working before tending to your dog’s needs. Don’t forget that dogs rely on routine and getting them used to this will teach them to respect your schedule and don’t bother you while you work.
Keep your dog occupied during meetings
Your dog barking during the video meetings can be the reason for concern. Your colleagues may find that endearing but it can be problematic during more formal conversations or presentations. To prevent this from happening, try some training tricks that might help.
Stop responding to their attention-seeking looks, nudges, whines, or barks. It may take some determination, but don’t give in to their puppy eyes and stay firm in your decision.
Additionally, giving them a chew toy with a treat may deter them from seeking attention from you.
Above all, don’t yell at your dog or scold them for being noisy during meetings because they may not understand why you do it.
Create a separate space for your dog
If you have room, creating a separate home office is a good idea for you and your dog.
You can make a spot in front of the door so they can lie there and wait for you to finish work. Of course, it all depends on how your dog will react and whether they will take it hard.
It may also depend on how you will feel a sense of the benefits of working from home is spending more time with your pooch.
In case either of you takes this hard, allow them to stay in your office but establish some rules and make them feel comfortable. They will probably dose off while you work and be grateful that you let them in your workspace.
Make sure they are comfortable beside you
If your dog should stay close to you, make a special spot for them. For example, get a large enough office chair mat so your furry friend can remain comfortably beside you while you work.
Dog beds tend to be expensive, but a cushion in the corner may be just as good.
Avoid bringing in their water bowl, unless you want to keep an eye on them or are okay with them being by your side at all times.
Having them there with you during demanding tasks or stressful meetings may be a good thing to keep your spirits up and stay calm.
Take regular breaks
You probably heard that taking regular breaks at work is good for your eyes, posture, and productivity.
While at the office you may have lacked the inspiration to pause with work, at home, you have the support from your dog to do it. In a way, they are the best co-worker you can have, feeding you with positive energy and reducing stress.
Use an app that will remind you to take breaks and play, cuddle, or take a stroll with your furry friend.
There are a lot of inside and outside activities you can do with your dog that can make both of you happy and energized.
Moreover, both of you be healthier by moving around and staying active during the day.
It will take some time and patience to get used to working from home, but it can be much easier if you have a dog.
While it may take some effort to train them not to bother you, they will lighten up the mood and encourage you to take frequent breaks. After all, everything is better with a dog in your life.