Working From Home Could Be The New Normal For A While — Here’s Some Tips and Tricks To Keep You And Your Pets Happy
COVID-19 has forced people all over the world into working from home. If there is one upside to all the change happening now, it’s pets. It’s easier than ever 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, grabbing our pets, and preventing the spread. We hope you are too (if you are able). And, to help you make a good impression on your new ‘colleagues’, we are sharing some activities and toys that just might keep them from busting in on your next board meeting.
GET OUTSIDE AND TAKE YOUR DOG FOR A WALK
No duh, right? But seriously, if you’re a dog parent, take your dog for a walk. When you’re working from home, there are more opportunities for walks between meetings and at your lunch break. Your dog 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 YOUR DOG THEIR OWN WORK TO DO
If you have to be working from home, why not put your dog to work too? Treat puzzles keep dogs busy, engaged, and entertained. Just put some treats in the game while your dog figures out how to get them out. Bonus: it should give you some time you can figure out that pivot table you’ve been putting off. Check out the Dog Brick and the Dog Tornado. We’ve written about some other ways to keep dogs busy indoors here.
SHARE IT ON SOCIAL WITH #PLAYATHOMEPETS
Dogs and cats everywhere are having their moment. We started the hashtag #PLAYATHOMEPETS so other pet parents could share their stories of working from home. Digital connection is essential at this time to feel connected with a community. Use the hashtag to tell us how you and your furry family and getting on!
TREAT YOUR CAT TO A NEW TOY
With #QuarantineCats trending on twitter, 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. Check out the Tower of Tracks and The Cheese Chase if you’re looking for a toy to keep your cat busy. 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.
CREATE AN INDOOR OBSTACLE COURSE
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.
TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE
In this time of uncertainty, we’re thankful to have our pets by our side. We hope you find these tips and tricks helpful. But, above all, we hope you’re able to take care and stay safe out there while still having some fun.