We all love spending time with our pets, but even if you’re working from home you can find yourself struggling to give your best mate the attention they deserve or request. We’ve rounded up five useful tips to help you keep your dog or puppy entertained while you work from home.
Working from home? Keep your dog or puppy entertained while at work with these easy steps
Your furry best friend is probably thrilled to have you home more often, but it's not always easy to keep them occupied while you work. Use these tips to keep your pet happy and calm so you can get on with your workday.
1. Maintain your usual routine
Although the lack of commuting to work makes it tempting to stay in bed a little longer in the mornings or catch reruns of your favourite TV shows after work, you should do your best to maintain your pet’s usual routine.
Most pets are creatures of habit, so a swift change in their day-to-day could cause them unrest. Sticking to a routine means they are more likely to relax throughout the day and, in turn, you’ll be more likely to be able to focus on the task at hand during work hours.
2. Schedule in some down-time with your pet
When working in solitude without your colleagues or a supervisor around, it’s easy to forget to take proper breaks or step away from the computer. Scheduling downtime each day to play or go for a walk allows both you and your pet to blow off some steam and have some fun together.
3. Long-lasting chew toys
One good thing about working from home is that you can check in with your pet throughout the day. This means now might be a good time to invest in some longer-lasting, healthy chew toys. There are many designs, materials and durabilities available to keep them occupied, and being at home enables you to watch over your dog as they put them through their paces. Equally, you might try different playthings for your cat – exploring toy novelties can be a great source of entertainment for both of you.
4. Food puzzles
Games and puzzles that involve food and treats might also be a good way to keep your pet entertained during work hours. Always try to choose treats made with real meat, alongside their balanced everyday meal, to ensure your pet still gets all the nutrients it needs. Your local pet store will hold a variety of toys specially designed to provide hours of mental and physical stimulation as your pet is hard at work retrieving a delicious reward.
5. Get creative
If your pet seems to be more energetic now you’re working from home, why not get a little creative? You could invent games like hiding their favourite toys or dinner biscuits around the house & yard. You could also create new hidey holes out of boxes or alleviate boredom by teaching them a new trick. There are hours of entertainment to be had!
While working from home, you don’t have to choose between being productive at work and spending quality time with your pet. With a little planning and preparation, you can keep your pet happy, healthy and entertained while you work to bring home the kibble.
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