5 Tips to Work From Home With Your Dog
With “stay at home” orders being issued by most states across the country, many of us are finding ourselves in a new working normal. And our pets are probably thrilled!
Of course we love more time with our furriest family member, but there’s still work that needs to get done outside of feeding them on time or copious belly-scratches. So, we pow-wowed with our friends at WISDOM to offer all working pet parents some work-from-home (WFH) tips that promise to serve both masters – our pets and our employers.
- Establish a WFH routine. If you can, model it after what you did when you would leave for the office – wake up at the same time, go for a walk, eat breakfast, etc.
Whistle tip: Use the Reminder to set up meal times, potty breaks, play time and nap time.
- Find a quiet place to work. As much as we love having our pups under toe, it can also be a distraction. Try to designate a quiet, potentially dog-free space that you can use as a work zone to help keep you focused during the day.
- Keep your dog busy. A tired pup is a well-behaved pup! When you need some extra heads-down time, set your pup up with their own work that will keep them mentally stimulated, like a treat puzzle or a frozen peanut butter-filled Kong toy. If you can schedule the time, plan to teach your dogs some new tricks. Doing so will not only keep them physically engaged, but mentally as well.
- Practice creative thinking. Working from home doesn’t have to mean being planted in a chair (or couch, as the case may be). Taking a walk while practicing social distancing is an essential way for us to stay active and healthy (and remember, you’re no longer walking from meeting to meeting). But with limited time outside, you’ll probably have to find ways to exercise your imagination to meet your activity goals inside, too. If you want to partner with your pup to crush your goals, we recommend tug-o-war, inside hide-and-seek, and hallway fetch. We’ve seen some pet parents make a pretty mean inside obstacle course, too.
Whistle tip: You’ll get a nudge via the Whistle app as a reminder to meet your pet’s daily activity goal.
- Let them rest. Last but certainly not least, make sure to give your dog space for their own “quiet time.” While they love having us home, we also need to remember that we’re interrupting their normal routine as well, including many, many naps! And we wonder where that expression “lucky dog” comes from…