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.
Makes Us Happier
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
Train Your Dog to Stop Barking at the Mailman
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
Be Sure to Reward Your Dog’s Good Behavior
Set Up a Schedule So Your Pup Knows What is Coming
Change Things Up on the Weekends
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.