The coronavirus pandemic has no doubt changed your life in some way. Stress levels, work, travel, social life, health — they have all taken a pounding. But, it has been a blessing for our dogs. And quarantine, well. Quarantine is their favourite. Their guardian home all day, everyday? Yes please! Some dogs will pick up on any stress, but it is stress on another level for dog owners who now work remotely for the first time. Working from home comes with a bunch of obstacles, and your dog shouldn’t be one of them.
If being a pet parent getting in the way of your working from home, check out our Survival Guide to working from home with dogs. Follow these tips to keep your sanity in check and your furry friend happy.
Exercise and Feed Your Pet Before Work
It’s a good idea in these times to rise early and take your dog for their walk before you begin your working day. Your tired out pooch won’t be so restless, happy to rest and snooze as you work for a couple of hours without interruption.
Make Food and Water Readily Available
Though some dogs are accustomed to meals at set times throughout the day, it’s a good idea to leave food out for them to snack on. This will save the interruption of a hungry dog, or whimpering when you’re in a Zoom meeting. Alongside their water bowl, leave some healthy dry food, such as Ultimates Indulge Dry Dog Food in Natural Chicken or Natural Beef. It’s grain free and contains more than 50% real meat.
But Watch the Treats
All day grazing comes with a caveat. The amount of doggy treats should remain the same. A little extra food throughout the day won’t do any harm in the short term, but you don’t want your pup to overindulge in too many treats. Dog chews are a great way to treat them while also keeping them busy and stimulated.
Create a Separate, Pup-Free Workspace
The best way to ensure your dog won’t put a kink in the flow of your work day is to keep them in a separate area. Of course, it’s a delight to pat your pup during a phone meeting, but they shouldn’t get too comfortable, or expect you to cuddle them all day. Place their toys with their day bed in an adjoining area, or, if they can bear it, in another room altogether. Allow plenty of outdoor access to minimise accidents and boredom.
Take Regular Breaks
Stretch your legs and give your faithful companion some attention. Sit with them during your morning tea, throw a ball for them at lunchtime. You take breaks at work; do the same at home, only include your dog
Remember: This Will End
Working from home – you may love it, you may not. But unless you are planning on making a lifelong change, make the most of working from home, for pup’s sake. And if it’s really making you unhappy, know that it will end, and take a long look into those puppy dog eyes – it’s a mood changer. According to a University of Sydney controlled study, dogs can help us cope with feelings of loneliness.
Working remotely from home may be a change that is out of our hands, how we react to it is. With a few minor alterations, your dog can be spared from the stress you may be under, and make the most out of you being at home. And in the end, isn’t that what we want too?