Strategies for dog owners Working at Home
Nation’s pet owners are spending an unprecedented amount of hours working out of home using their dogs. And while man’s best friend can be a source of amazing comfort during these tough times, dogs may also impede the job process. Local dog-centric businesses have some advice for dog owners who find themselves unable to utilize an emotionally destitute canine friend.
Use puzzles to occupy dogs throughout conference calls
Nothing interrupts a conference call like a dog wanting attention. According to Denise Einkauf, owner of Waggin’ Tails Daycare and Boarding, dogs are especially vulnerable to interrupting conference calls or videos because they’re attracted to their owner’s voices. “If you sit there working, your dog is more likely to sit quietly,” she explained. “But when your dog hears you talking, they’re likely to need your focus, and they’re more likely to interrupt your work.
Einkauf recommends utilizing snacks to participate a pup during important calls. Just like humans, dogs love a good snack, and treats are a great tool for keeping a dog occupied. The trick to maximizing snacktime, would be to integrate those snacks to some difficult game.
“Dogs need training and physical exercise, but they also need mental exercise,” said Einkauf. “If you make it a battle, using a puzzle, for example, dogs can get that emotional exercise.”
She noted that there are many commercially available mysteries, but pet owners can also quickly create their own pup-pleasing puzzles with common household items. Einkauf advocated the website Amazon for some do-it-yourself dog puzzles. “It’s also beneficial if you have kids, because these are toys which the kids can create,” she added.
Jose Morillo, owner of Camp Bow Wow, a dog daycare and boarder at California, recommends handing out the treat puzzles right before important meetings to take advantage of a preoccupied pup. “Don’t wait until your interview is five minutes into realize that your dog wants your attention,” he advised. Morillo is also the owner of this new Camp Bow Wow location in Cypress that is going to be launching later that spring.
Maximize break time using a walk
Dogs provide the ideal opportunity to get out and around while adhering to social distancing. Morillo noted that even brief walks are great for dogs and humans alike. “Truly, a quick walk round the block is all you and your dog want,” he said. “It will truly blow off steam for both of you.”
“When a dog has had exercise, it is going to be a lot calmer and more likely to provide you space while you operate,” Einkauf added.
Use this opportunity for coaching
Now is the best time to practice instruction, according to Morillo. The training does not have to be protracted. “Fifteen minutes of instruction is equivalent to an hour of exercise,” Morillo said. “So even a small amount of training goes a long way.”
The coaching does not have to be complicated or maybe too practical. “Educating a dog a hint like’shake’ or’roll over’ is equally as valuable as a significant command,” Morillo said.
Einkauf noted that pet owners don’t need special experience to teach their dogs new tricks. “There are a great deal of great YouTube stations out there that can teach owners how to train their dogs,” she said.