As pet guardians, most of us treat our fur babies as actual children and members of our family, and just like our family members, our pets crave attention from time to time. If you are currently working from home, here are some helpful tips to help you maintain a work-from-home balance as a pet guardian.
DESIGNATE AN OFFICE SPACE
It is important you create an environment that will keep you free from distractions as much as possible. Even in smaller spaces, an area designated for work will help keep you in a routine and will eventually let your pet know when you should not be bothered (or be bothered less!)
DESIGNATE A PLACE FOR YOUR PET TO RELAX
Much like our family members, our pets love attention and want to be around us. If your pet can handle it, provide a designated space where they can be near you with enough space for you to work comfortably. A pet bed or blanket that is 5-10 feet away, with a few chew toys can help ease your pet’s anxiety and desire to be close to you.
SET ASIDE BREAK TIME FOR PLAY
Research has shown that taking breaks can help keep you productive. It also helps keep pets from boredom that can lead to destructive activities. Setting aside time for tug of war, fetch, HIDING TREATS, or any other means of play can keep your pet stimulated and happy.
Many dogs may also tire quickly, if not faster from mental stimulation. Providing them with a puzzle toy or 5-10 minutes practicing commands and teaching new tricks will also give your pup a way to use all that energy while continuing to build your bond together.
GO FOR A WALK
While this option may not be available to everyone, if you are able, take a short walk around the block or down the street with your pet. Your dog craves to see and experience the world, much like a child does. Giving them the mental and physical stimulation of walking and experiencing things outside the house for even 15 minutes is beneficial for their overall health as well as yours!
Taking the time to create an environment that provides routine that your pet craves and that you need to make sure you are both happy and productive.