There have been many people working remotely from home ever since the Coronavirus crisis. While everyone is trying to remain as productive as possible, they might have a dog at home, which means balancing out the needs of their pet while focusing on their workload.
Here are some tips on how to break up the monotony of the day as well as keeping your dog busy during this work-from-home global movement to help flatten the Covid-19 Curve. The goal is to be able to chip away at your work while enjoying your dog’s company.
A “Place Command” Goes A Long Way
While pet parents are in the thick of it with their workload, be it making a deadline, or in a virtual meeting, a place command is a great mental exercise for dogs. The “place” could be either a dog cot or a dog bed near your workspace — some people may even prefer using a dog crate.
Mainly, the place command teaches your dog that this spot is their place to relax, unwind, and be patient while you’re attending to the work matter at hand.
Exercise Time On The Calendar
Not only is it healthy for you and your dog, but make it a point of going out for a walk a couple of times a day such as first thing in the morning and later in the afternoon or early evening when the sun goes down.
Getting those steps in will improve your cardiovascular fitness, improve hypertension, build muscle and bone strength, and more. It’s also a great way to clear your mind no matter the time of day.
More Dog Fun Time
Other ways to keep your dog active and offer a great break for you are taking part in the following:
- Polishing up on those obedience skills such as recall, down-stays, sit-stays, heeling, and more
- Scent games or scent puzzles where your dog finds the hidden treat.
- Go back in the day and try a game of hide-and-seek by putting their nose and ears to work.
If you have any kiddos at home, be sure to bring them in on these activities, too.
Don’t Forget The Interactive Dog Toys
An interactive dog toy will keep your pup entertained if you’re too busy. Toys to consider are the following:
- Interactive dog balls that wobble and/or stuff with treats
- A snuffle mat where you can sprinkle treats on it and your dog hunts them out
- Frozen Kong with peanut butter
While your dog is playing with their interactive toy (or any toy for that matter), remember to keep an eye on them to make sure all remains safe.
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