Your dogs are probably so excited that they now get to spend quality time with you if you’re working from home. Lots of dogs are getting extra walks, extra play time, and more during this time. What’s great about this is that you can improve your relationship with your dog, and even commit to doing the dog training you’ve always wanted to do with them. It’s also an excellent time to bring a new dog into your home, given you can be around while the dog adapts to its new environment. However, spending so much time with your dog can also pose some unique challenges. Keeping your dog healthy and happy during quarantine is important, so once quarantine is over, your dog can continue to be happy and healthy.
Make sure to take breaks
Your dog is super excited to be spending so much time with you! However, spending every waking hour with your dog can actually lead to developing separation anxiety. Crating your dog or leaving them on their own while you go outside and tend to your garden or something else is important, as it will help your dog continue his or her individualized thinking, and not agonize over what happens when you’re not there.
Keep up on exercise
It’s easy to come home from work and take the dog for a walk, but when you’re home the whole time, it can be difficult to find the energy to go outside and not just move from desk to couch. Remember that taking a break during your work-from-home time is important for your own mental health, and it’s a great time to take a short dog walking break, or take your dog outside to play. 15-20 minutes is perfect to give yourself a little vitamin D and keep your pooch happy in the process.
Give your dog something to do
If your dog is pestering you all the time, you may want to invest in some toys meant to stimulate your dog’s mind. These toys can be hide-a-treat toys like the ever-famous Kong, or puzzle toys. Snuffle mats are great, but don’t overdo it with the treats, or else you’ll end up with an overweight dog to boot!
If your dog spends a lot of time outside, remember that bored dogs also like to get into trouble, such as digging holes in your garden or rooting out things to eat (like grass, and then vomiting it later). Make sure your dog is occupied both indoors and outdoors.
Love on your dog
Don’t forget that your dog wants and craves your affection. While you can’t be petting and soothing your dog all of the time, especially while you’re trying to work during quarantine, remember that you are everything he or she has (especially if they are an only dog or only pet!). Don’t forget to give some special attention here and there outside of playing or walks. Pets and belly scratches are a great start! Engaging with your dogs is also a great way to help relieve your own stress and lower your blood pressure.
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