4 Ways to Keep Your Dogs Happy and Occupied Whilst you Work From Home

dedicated doggy spaces metabolism virtual meetings working from home Aug 29, 2021

Recently, the COVID 19 pandemic has changed the way many of us work, with a large percentage of Britain’s workforce unable to commute to work, to help mitigate the spread of the virus. The result of this has seen many people working remotely from the safety of their own homes. For dog owners, this means ensuring their pets are occupied whilst they work remotely. Below are four ways to keep your dogs happy and occupied, whilst you work from home.

1. Establish a Routine

Establishing a healthy routine for your dog can be very reassuring for them. Dogs benefit from daily structure so that they know what to expect from their owners and their lives, and their behaviour will reflect this accordingly. Why not begin your working day by going on an early morning dog walk? It is a great way of clearing your mind and effectively planning out your work diary for the morning ahead. Regular dog walks are also vital for your pet's overall health and wellbeing.

2. Keep your Dog Occupied to Prevent Barking During Virtual Meetings

If you work from home, then you may often be called in to a conference call and when this happens, sometimes your dog may want to participate too by barking!  If this happens, try and remain calm and understand that these types of distractions can often occur. Try giving your dog a safe cuddly toy to play with or favourite type of chew whilst you take the conference call. By planning ahead you can hopefully ensure your dog is occupied and happy while you attend your virtual meeting or work call.

3. Dedicated Doggy Spaces

If you have enough space in your home then it may help to set up an area for yourself that is off limits to your canine companion. If you need to take a work call or show a presentation to your team, then having your own designated area can be really beneficial.

4. Feeding routine

Dogs love routine, especially when it comes to their feeding times. Having a set meal time for your dog is crucial not just for their mental wellbeing but also for their metabolism. Your dog’s metabolism will adjust itself to fit the structured meal times and amounts that it comes to expect.  For many adult dogs it is recommended that they eat twice a day as this will help maintain a stable metabolism and help aid in digestion.

Did you find these tips helpful? Hopefully this article will help you to efficiently work from home while your dog is happy and occupied. If you are puppy training then please let us know your favourite tip to keep your young dog occupied while you get some work done in our comments below!

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