Working from Home with Your Dog?
Tips & Tricks to Stay Productive
Over a third of Americans are working from home (WFH) full time now due to the pandemic 1. Even as things have slowly reopened, the majority of those WFH haven’t returned to the office yet...and many don’t plan on it for a while. This means a lot of things, mainly getting used to Zoom calls, wearing sweats all day, and working as far from the fridge as possible, to name a few.
What does all this time at home mean for our dogs? Well, for one, most fur babies are probably thrilled, they have access to their human literally all. the. time. But for us, the humans, as much as we love spending time with our dogs, WFH with them at our feet has its challenges.
If your dog is a barker, for example, or demands your attention when you’re there, it can be very distracting from your work day.
Tips for working from home with your dog:
Establish a Routine—And stick with it! Just like when you went to an office each day, having a routine will help your dog know what’s coming next and when to expect your attention. Anxious dogs and those who have separation anxiety especially appreciate a steady routine. Try to stick to it as closely as possible and your dog will be a great reminder for you that it’s lunchtime.
Exercise Before Work, at Lunch & After Work—Try to walk and exercise your dog before you begin your workday, this will alleviate having to take a break right after you sit down. A walk at lunch will give your pooch something to look forward to while you work in the morning. Then, of course, finish your workday and take your pup to play!
Designate a Quiet Space—As much as you need a quiet space to work from, your dog will benefit from having his own space, too. If your dog has a bed or crate, make sure it’s set up in a nice, quiet area where your dog is able to have some chill time. Close the curtains or blinds so that your dog can’t stare outside, especially if they have a tendency to bark at every single passerby.
Take Breaks!—Yes, we said to establish a routine and set exercise and playtimes, but breaks are always good. Being home with your dog means fun breaks for you both. If you need to stretch out, shake it off, take a break from your screen, take it with your pooch. There are tons of fun games and activities you can do with your dog, aside from the usual—a nice change of pace for everyone. To learn new tricks, check out our blog on fun puppy games.
Invest in Interactive Toys & Long-Lasting Chews—These fun items are truly amazing and your dog will love you (more) for bringing them home. Depending on your dog’s age and size, choose appropriate toys and chews and they’ll be entertained for hours.
Give Treats—Not all treats are created equally, which is why we posted some great DIY treats awhile back. If you are able to make some homemade, health-conscious treats, your pup will certainly enjoy them, and the treats will help keep them busy—especially when given with an interactive toy—and guarantee their happiness while you work.
Schedule a Spa Day?!—If you have a crazy workday or just feel like treating your favorite co-worker, you could look into a pet day spa near you. Some of these pup pampering places offer drop-off and doggy daycare along with a variety of spa services. Learn more about dog spas and see if you can find one close by.
Working from home definitely has its benefits, one of them being all the extra time we get to spend with our favorite four-legged friends. Dogs as co-workers have been a bonus to the completely bananas year 2020 has been, there’s even an Instagram page for our WFH buddies. Take a look and post a pic, @DogsWorkingFromHome, and while you’re there, check out our Instagram, too, @getspotcovered.
Looking to help protect the health of your favorite WFH buddy? You can get up to 20% off on SPOT pet insurance with our employee benefits program. Check your employee benefits portal or ask your HR department to see if your company offers discounted SPOT insurance as a voluntary benefit.