How To Make The Most of Working From Home With Your Dog

  • 20/01/2021

Working from home can be a bit difficult if you’re not used to these conditions. If you’ve never worked remotely before, but now you do, you’ve probably changed too much of your habits. Suddenly, you don’t leave your home as often and you can assist business meetings in your pyjamas. Working from home has its advantages and disadvantages, and having your dog around somehow fits into both of these categories. Here is how to be the most productive with your dog around when working remotely.

Create a routine and stick to it

Having your dog around is a true blessing. However, this can also be a distraction for you when you’re supposed to be working hard. The key thing you need to do is get organised and avoid any disruptions. Once you create some healthy habits, you’ll no longer have these kinds of issues.

Having a daily rhythm will keep both you and your dog in the right mindset. You should make sure to feed the dog and take him for a walk before you start working. Or you could have a half-hour break at 3 PM dedicated to the walk solely. This kind of routine will benefit you the most.

Keep your dog busy

Another important thing that will help you avoid disruptions is keeping the dog busy. Since your dog probably isn’t used to you being at home all the time, they might think the purpose of your stay is to play with them.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case and you should keep them occupied since you cannot give them your full attention. You can give the dog a long-lasting treat before getting on a video call or have some special toys to keep them busy and entertained.

Set up a pet-friendly home office

Your home office should be practical and functional, but it should also be pet-friendly if your dog is going to spend time in there. Your home office should be safe for the dog and, if possible, comfortable as well.

For instance, you should make sure that all of the cables and cords are stored properly and not accessible to the dog. You could also invest in a useful chair mat that will make it even cosier for your dog to curl up and enjoy time with you.

Set some healthy boundaries

Doing everything to lower your dog’s expectations can be pretty beneficial for these purposes. Your dog cannot expect you to fully commit to them if you have deadlines to meet or meetings to attend. That is why you need boundaries.

You could set up a separate part of the house for their needs solely. For instance, you could have space where they can snooze, play, and relax without disrupting you. This will help them differentiate between a workspace and play space and it will help you keep the work running smoothly as well.

Don’t just sit there – go out as well

You shouldn’t just sit in your home office the whole day through. This kind of behaviour could be bad both for you and your dog. You need to strengthen your mental health and the bond with your pet and the best way to do so is by getting outside.

Make sure to move during your breaks. That will keep you motivated and productive. Playing fetch with your dog even for 10 minutes can be great for both of you. You’ll be much happier and content once you get back to the home office.

Embrace the benefits

It’s not every day that you get a chance to spend a whole day with your dog. Working from home allows this and you should use all of its advantages! Petting your dog in the breaks can ease anxiety and improve your mood and blood pressure within minutes.

The next time you have a challenging task, you won’t have to worry about your stress levels! Your dog will be there to make you feel better and healthier every time you might need it.

Conclusion

Working from home isn’t always easy, but it can be if you just learn how to organise your days. With these tips, you and your dog will have the best time ever even when you’re busy taking calls or finishing projects!

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