Now that working from home has become the new normal, you may find yourself spending time with different types of colleagues-one with four legs and a wet nose. While the prospect of being able to spend a day with pets is a major benefit of working from home, it is not without its challenges. To help you fully accept this new way of working, we have compiled seven tips for keeping pets at home.
Start your day with some 1:1 time
Before you start working, set aside some time to spend time with your pet-take a walk, throw a ball in the yard or dog park, or play some indoor games. Spending time with your pet is a great way to strengthen your relationship and start the day with some exercise. No matter what activity you choose, make sure your pet has consumed enough energy so that it needs some rest time later. In this way, your pet can rest and you can start working without interruption.
Reward good behavior
Teaching your pet to be a well-behaved colleague is like training them to do anything else-practice makes perfect! The best way to stick to the desired behavior is through repetition and use of positive reinforcement. If you want your pet to sit quietly on the bed during a call, please give them the opportunity to do so every day and reinforce this behavior with high-value rewards, such as a small piece of their favorite Freshpet snack or meal. When you
When they build on their success and strengthen the skills they have learned, this behavior quickly becomes second nature.
Arrange dedicated game time
Working when your pet is nearby may make people want to leave your desk for a quick hug when you need to rest. Although this is certainly possible, these small breaks can easily add up. The best way to balance your work and pet time is to arrange special breaks throughout your day. Having this structure can not only help you complete your work, but you can also create a routine to teach your pet to distinguish when you are working and when you are ready to play.
Create a pet-free workspace
Setting up a dedicated, pet-free workspace is one of the best things you can do while working from home. It allows you to maintain a clear boundary between where you work and where your pet plays. This helps you maintain a healthy work-life balance and allows your pet to enter daily work-when you sit at your desk, work. It is game time when you are away. If you don't have a working space where your pet can stay away, try using a crate or pen to create a special place for your pet while working. This should not be considered as an "overtime space", but their own safe haven where they can relax when you are busy.
Keep your pet occupied
Nothing is more distracting than a boring pet looking for attention, so make sure they have many ways to keep themselves busy while you work. One way to make your pet happy during working hours is to keep a special toy for these hours. For example, a King Kong filled with their favorite food will keep them busy for a while and keep their minds active. Another option is to let them do their "work", such as finding all the snacks you hide around the house. For more inspiration, check out our list of the best toys to keep your pet busy indoors.
Practice good video call etiquette
When joining a virtual meeting, you don’t want to be distracted by your pets or your colleagues. Keeping them busy is a good first step, but even so, they can be noisy. When you are not speaking, try to mute the microphone and keep your pet away from the camera. Of course, you can always start or end a meeting by introducing your pet to your colleagues-because there is nothing better than a little pet time to add some excitement to the call.
It is important to remember that even the best plans do not always proceed accordingly-this is why you need to be flexible when working from home with your pet. Do your best to follow the schedule you set, but if your pet needs to be taken outside or just want a few minutes of attention, be prepared to take an unplanned rest. Many of your colleagues are likely to be in a similar situation, and they will understand if you have to leave the call or reschedule the meeting at the last minute.
Whether you are working from home temporarily or indefinitely, we hope these seven tips can help you and your pet make this transition easier.