4 Advantages of Working from Home as a Dog Owner

home office home working mental health productivity working from home Oct 28, 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many of us work. Today, many companies are adopting remote working practices as part of their new business model. For many dog owners, this enables them to be at home with their pets whilst they work. At DogBonding.com we have highlighted the four advantages of working from home as a dog owner. We hope you find this article helpful.

1. Mental Health

Unfortunately, today many people living in a COVID-19 landscape have experienced anxiety and stress which has had a huge impact on their mental health. Bupa, a leading private healthcare provider in the UK, registered an increase of 300% more calls to their wellbeing advice line within just four weeks into the first lockdown. Some studies have shown that by simply stroking your dog you can reduce the stress related hormones in your body. Petting and playing with your dog can also help increase the serotonin and dopamine levels in your brain. Today, many dog owners can reduce their stress levels whilst working remotely from home by spending more time with their canine companions.

2. Improving your Fitness

For many people who work in an office, they are often required to be at their desks for long periods of time. Many commuters try and counteract this by opting to ride a bike or walk to work, but even then, most of their working day is still spent seated at a desk and computer. In comparison, working from home alongside your dog can motivate you to move around more.  Many dog owners may decide to use their break to go on a pleasant dog walk which can help them become more productive for the rest of the working day, while also improving their health and wellbeing.

3. Increased Productivity

Although working from home with your dog may come with its distractions, regular interactions can be great reminders for you to take a short break. Recharging your batteries by taking your dog for a walk or by giving them some TLC can really help you to not only boost your energy but to also increase your productivity levels.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends a 5 – 10 minute break every 60 minutes working in front of a screen. Having a quick screen-time break can often make it easier for you to focus on working projects and tasks when you return to your laptop.

4. Stronger Bond

Remote working has enabled many workers to spend more quality time with their dogs. Spending more time with your pet whilst you work can only further strength the bond you already have. By paying more attention to your dogs and giving them the love and focus they deserve, this can really help positively impact their overall mood and disposition.

Final Thoughts

There are many benefits to owning a dog and today with more people working remotely from home many are experiencing these advantages more than ever before. From improving our health and wellbeing to helping us stay more focused and productive, working from home alongside our dogs can really help brighten our daily working lives.

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