Just remember, this time at home is a bonus for both of you as you can create a better bond with your pooch while working from home. Your dog is going to be so happy! Read about how Rolo sprained his tail from wagging it so much in happiness at having his humans home with him all day.
Benefits of working from home with a dog
You have probably heard the benefits of having a dog like lowering stress levels and increasing serotonin levels. Those are the chemicals in the brain that help improve your mood. Of course there are other benefits of working from home with your pooch. We are going to share with you some of those surprising benefits.
Lowers Stress Levels
Have you ever been at work and thought how much happier you would be if you could bring your best fur-iend with you? The joy of working from home is even more beneficial when you have a dog. In fact, according to studies done by the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), having a pup reduces anxiety and depression. Somehow, they increase your “feel-good” hormones, lower anxiety, and decrease your blood pressure.
many parts of working from home can be challenging or stressful. Eating m&m’s and petting a dog during a zoom call makes up for a lot of that. #dogcoworker pic.twitter.com/PpCjselqu3— Lauren VZ Slingluff ☕+📚 (@Caffeinebrarian) June 18, 2020
Working from an office doesn’t normally involve sharing a coffee break with a wet dog. A pitfall of home working #Airedales pic.twitter.com/dFbCAu6wHL— Kathy George (@katgeorge12) June 18, 2020
Working from home this morning!— Ruth ITV (@Ruth_ITV) April 17, 2020
Graphics.. tea.. and dog on lap! #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/5N7u2PMmps
Makes Us Happier
The awesome thing about working from my home studio to host digital conferences is that every day is Bring Your Dog To Work Day! Sorry if anyone in today’s #conference heard some feint snoring in the background! #eventprofs #host pic.twitter.com/KBULjQ3XGL— Jez Rose 🐝 (@ThatJezRose) June 17, 2020
Two more of the joys I have found in working from home:— Mohamed A. El-Erian (@elerianm) June 16, 2020
Our wonderful pup kept me company under the desk while I was working … and next to me while I took a nap.
(To be more precise: I decided to be next to her for the nap, forgoing the sofa!). #dogs #pups #workingfromhome pic.twitter.com/26SCChWNMH
Winning Tips For a Daily Work Routine Home with Your Dog
Go on a walk before starting your day
Keep Your Dog Occupied with Interactive Toys and Long-Lasting Chews
Try some toys that you can stuff food in like a Kong. You can make these ahead of time and keep them in the freezer or refrigerator. Then, give Fido one of them to work on before starting your own work in the morning. If you do it right, it can take about 30 minutes or more for him to get all the stuff out of there. We suggest peanut butter because it takes a long time to lick all that gooey goodness out of there. You can also use wet and dry food mixed together. Try some fruit and vegetables to mix things up. Just make sure your dog is not allergic to anything you are using. Feeding your pup from a puzzle or toy helps keep their mind busy and sharp as well as keeping them from eating too fast. Here are some of our recommendations:
Interactive Puzzle Game Toys for Dogs
Our Pets IQ Treat Ball
AWOOF Pet Snuffle Mat
Wooly Snuffle Mat - Feeding Mat for Dogs
KONG - Classic Dog Toy
West Paw Zogoflex Qwizl Dog Puzzle Treat Toy
StarMark Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy
Hartz Oinkies Rawhide Free Pig Skin Dog Treat Chews
Give Your Furbaby Their Own Space to Chill
Part way through live Y8 Maths lesson with @MrDClarkeMEAC @MEACentral. Super scholars alert!! 🌟🌟🌟 Also found a way to keep the dog happy while working from home! pic.twitter.com/GHbx8s3dYx— Miss Willis MEAC (@MissWillisMaths) June 15, 2020
Train Your Dog to Stop Barking at the Mailman
Every day, Chester the dog unleashes his mail person fury on this poor, helpless pillow. And then he takes a nap. What a life. 🐶 pic.twitter.com/9CkaA5o6qS— BayAreaPlays.com 🌯🎭 (@davidjchavez) June 15, 2020
Another good idea is to be prepared by keeping a supply of dog treats or kibble on your desk. Keep the office door shut so your pup is not so close to the front door or mailbox. When you hear the mail or UPS driver coming, toss out some treats to keep them busy. This distraction can help your pooch forget all about who is at the door.
Use Noise Masking and Curtains to Keep Your Pooch Calm
If that does not help, your pup may just be barking at noises he hears outside. Don’t forget, your dog can hear a lot better than you can so even if you don’t hear that cat meowing five blocks away, Fido sure does. They can also hear high frequencies that we cannot hear. Try turning on a fan, noise machine, or some calm music to block out those annoying sounds so you can work. Listen to what BrightDog Academy Dog Training has to say about this “alert barking.”
Brain Games and Training on Your Schedule
Play indoor scent games
Set up an indoor agility course
Play with a Flirt Pole
Learn to Ignore Rather than Spoil Your Pup
It’s Okay to Ignore your dog
When you’re working from home and your dog just wants attention… #tiktok #workingfromhome #wfh #wfh2020 #QuarantineLife #boredinthehouse pic.twitter.com/086rT5LL5B— Yosa Yon 🧢 (@YosaYon) May 17, 2020
Be Sure to Reward Your Dog’s Good Behavior
Set Up a Schedule So Your Pup Knows What is Coming
Anyway here’s some adorable dog #content. After over three months of working from home, Moxie has figured out that we go for a walk every night at 7 after the show. She gets very excited when I close my laptop 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/UcZctPLiDt— Robyn Flynn (@robynlisaflynn) June 18, 2020
Change Things Up on the Weekends
Just what was needed this evening, 2.5 hour walk in the rain with the dogs 💕— Emily Westcott (@EmilyWestcott4) June 12, 2020
13 weeks into working from home and 34 weeks pregnant, the fresh air and sound of nature was very therapeutic pic.twitter.com/c9WnD4N3pm
When the weekend comes, the last thing you want to do is walk the same route again. And while your furbaby loves going for walks, they get sick of the same scents, scenery, and people. Why not pack up the pup in the car and hit the beach or go for a walk in one of the awesome parks in your area? It will be good for both you and your pooch to change things up on the weekends. Don’t forget to practice social distancing to prevent getting or spreading the coronavirus.
1 thought on “The Dog Parent Productivity Guide for Working From Home With a Dog”
Thanks for a very detailed and explanatory article. We have a five year old ( est) rescue dog; part Pit Bull and part Golden Lab. She is extremely friendly and loves it when kids are around. Both of us are geriatric age and so when we were gifted “Jersey” to get us to walk every day, she has been a blessing.
Two long walks in the daytime and two shorter ones in the afternoon ( and evening).
She knows the routine and lets us know when it is time to go out. We take different streets and know where the neighbors dogs are with their loud receptions. She knows which ones to ignore.
Your informative article helped us understand more why Jersey is such a good company.