Working from home sounds like a luxury for most people. But with COVID-19, many employees have been instructed to work from home until the threat of the virus is past. But if it’s your first time, how do you get any work done, especially if you have a dog? Here are some tips to make the transition as easy as possible-for you and your pal.
Create a workspace.
It can be a closet, extra bedroom, or dining room that you’re not using-now that people are being told to stay home.
Put your work supplies within easy reach. If you don’t have a desk, you can create one from two sturdy boxes and a piece of wood across the top of them to hold your laptop.
Create a routine.
Dress in your work clothes or stay in your pajamas-whatever gets you in the mindset to work.
Start and end work on time. You might even pretend to “clock in” and “clock out” of your shift.
Take plenty of breaks.
That’s where man’s best friend can come in. A short training session or walk or playing a game or two can relieve stress for you and help tire your dog so you can concentrate when you’re back at your desk. I wrote a blog a few years ago about ways to have fun with your dog when it’s raining. Some of the same remedies apply here.
1. Go for a long walk before sitting down to work and a shorter walk during a work break if you have time. You’ll both get some fresh air.
2. Stuff a Kong with kibble or treats and plug the hole with peanut butter, Cheese Wiz or plain yogurt. Then freeze it so your dog will spend some time licking through to get to the goodies inside.
3. Use a puzzle toy to break up the boredom.
4. Play “hide and seek” or “go find it” games.
5. Spend a few minutes polishing a new trick or maintaining a behavior such as “down” or “stay”.
6. Have an area in your “office” where your dog can be with you. It can be a dog bed or a crate. You can keep an eye on him in case he needs to go out and it’s almost like having a co-worker in the next cubicle.
Stay on a schedule.
If your dog is used to being walked between 11am and 1pm for instance, consider taking your “lunch break” then so the two of you can spend some quality time together.
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