The pandemic has forced people all over the world into working from home with pets over the past three years. If there is one upside to all the change happening now, it’s having pets in our home office.
It’s easier than ever for pet parents to spend more time with our furry family members. Even though they might seem immune to the concept of social distancing, people seem pretty happy to have them around.
In fact, many dogs and cats have become Zoom stars, delighting their human’s co-workers during status calls and meetings.
We’re embracing the change to remote work, grabbing our pets, and preventing the spread of coronavirus. We hope you are too (if you are able).
And, to help you make a good impression on your new furry ‘colleagues’, we are sharing some wellness activities and toys that just might keep them from busting in on your next Zoom meeting.
Get Outside and Take Your Dog for a Walk
Work-life balance is essential. Everyone needs to take a break from their workspace a few times a day in order to stay sane. Going on more walks throughout the workday can help keep pet owners and their dogs from getting cabin fever.
No duh, right? But seriously, if you’re a dog owner, take your dog for a walk. When you’re working at home, there are more opportunities for walks between meetings and during your lunch break. Your doggy will love the extra attention.
Regular walks are important for your dog’s health, and can also reduce stress and improve your own cardiovascular fitness. Plus, if you and your dog are going stir crazy, there’s no better way to shake it off.
Give Them Their Own Work to Do
Your pet can be a remote worker, too! If you have to be working from home, why not put your dog or cat to work too? Treat puzzle toys are great for mental stimulation by keeping dogs and cats busy, engaged, and entertained while you’re on conference calls.
Just put some treats in the game while your pet uses its problem-solving skills to learn how to get them out.
Bonus: it should give you some time to figure out that pivot table you’ve been putting off.
The Nina Ottosson by Outward Hound Dog Brick level 2 puzzle dog game will keep your dog entertained for hours as they use their natural hunting skills to seek out the hidden treats! This toy comes with 3 easy-to-fill compartments to hide your dog’s favorite treats and snacks in. Flip lid compartments open up to reveal the first compartment and can also slides to reveal a hidden second compartment…
Your smarty cats will love the challenge of the Melon Madness Puzzle & Play by Nina Ottosson. Cats bat at the pegs and swivel the seeds to uncover the 12 hidden treat compartments. Adjust the difficulty of the puzzle to make it easier for beginners or more challenging for super smarty cats. Each puzzle comes with a Tips and Tricks info sheet to help you get the most out of your puzzle. Replace your…
Treat Your Cat to a New Toy (and Get Them Off Your Keyboard)
We didn’t want to leave out our feline friends. Tracks and chaser toys are a great way to give your cat something to keep them occupied while you get your work done.
We all need something to occupy our time, even if it’s just batting balls.
Bonus – it will give you a chance to reclaim your keyboard.
The Petstages Tower of Tracks is sure to have your kitty chasing, swatting, batting and catching the bright-colored balls as they race around the track! The Petstages Tower of Tracks ball track toy has three levels and three balls that spin and roll as your kitty plays. The non-slip base and sturdy construction make it ideal for vigorous play of households with one or more cat.MENTALLY ENGAGING TRACKS TOY:…
Create an Indoor Obstacle Course
You can make an obstacle course with items in your home or check out some made for indoor courses. Hide treats around the house for your pup to do some nose work at playtime.
Keeping pets busy while working from home may take some creativity. With a bit of imagination, many items around the house can form part of an indoor obstacle course for your pet. You could ask your dog to duck under a coffee table, for example, or jump a stick rested between two chairs.
The Outward Hound Zip & Zoom Indoor Agility Kit is an interactive way to keep your dog both mentally and physically active while indoors! Great for use in teaching your dog new tricks and commands as well as just for pure fun. The kit features a training booklet, one square collapsible tunnel, four weave poles, and an adjustable jump that can be taken apart and used as two more individual weave poles…
Take Care and Stay Safe
In this time of uncertainty, we’re thankful to have our furry friends by our side. We hope you find these WFH tips and tricks helpful.
Above all, we hope you’re able to take care and stay safe out there while still having some fun. You and your pet’s mental health and well-being are essential in order to get through these times.
Give your pets a cuddle for us!