- Take Designated Doggy Breaks. When working from home or in the office, it can be difficult to find balance. The hours can fly by, and you may realize that you haven’t moved from your desk! Scheduling 10-15-minute breaks to interact with your dog is not only a good stress release for you, but it also provides physical and mental stimulation for your dog. Go for a walk, play a 10-minute game of tug, fetch, or hide-and-seek, and follow up with a 5-minute training session!
- Keep Your Dog Occupied. One of the common challenges of having your dog in your workspace is ensuring that he is not disruptive during that important client meeting or Zoom call. Scheduling a doggy break before your meeting helps keep your dog calm and relaxed. However, sometimes you need some additional help. Create a boredom box that is filled with treat toys, puzzle toys, and safe chews. Take out an item when your pup needs a distraction while you are on an important call or when you need to get in the zone for an important project. Rotate the toys weekly to keep your dog’s interest!
- Practice “Go to Place.” Dogs like attention. So, what do you do if your dog demands your attention when you are trying to work? Training your dog to go to a specific place, such as a mat or bed, is one of the most useful behaviors and can help ensure that your dog isn’t going to distract you from the task at hand.
Studies show that people who work with their pets—at home or in the office—are happier and more productive. With a little bit of planning, you can ensure that you and your furry coworker enjoy working together on Take Your Dog to Work Day and for years to come!