Tips for Work-At-Home Individuals With a Puppy•
Posted on November 15 2018
Everyone thinks that working from a home is a walk in the park, and some days it is, but you can say goodbye to those days the moment that you bring home a puppy. While working from home when you initially get a puppy is a blessing (potty training and building that initial bond is a piece of cake) there are so many different struggles that individuals who work from home come across. Today we’re going to provide you with a few tips on how to proceed when you work from home and have a puppy.
Figure Out Your Routine
A routine is beneficial for everyone, but it’s even more critical when you’re working from home and have a new puppy to add to the mix. Setting up a routine is going to be crucial when you start to juggle your job and your dog. For a majority of work-from-home jobs, there are days where the workload is light, and others where you find yourself on your floor in the fetal position.
By setting up a routine to follow, you can feel confident that you are prepared to follow through with your dog’s needs, regardless of what the day presents. By starting a routine, you also ensure that you’re able to get all of your work done rather than spending all eight hours playing and petting your new pooch.
One final thing we’d like to mention about the routine is how important it is to incorporate exercise on a daily basis. While you may be thankful for an at-home job, your pets energy levels are going to call for a daily dose of exercise. Make sure that you factor a walk or some play time, at the very least, once a day for your pet.
Remember to Train
Training is a must for puppies, and those beginning weeks and months are especially important. Though working from home does allow you to spend that extra bit of time with your dog, you may start to notice that training can be a challenge. Since you’re constantly at home, your dog may become more dependent on you and could even become more comfortable in the home setting — both factors making the process of training all the harder.
If you’re having a challenging time training, try to factor in a set amount of time into the routine that we mentioned earlier. Not only will this provide you with the time to devote to your dog and their training, but it will also make your workday so much easier.
Puppies are curious — very curious! Depending on where your at-home office is located, you may see that your dog starts to run around the house or let their curiosity get the best of them. Maybe you have time to go around chasing them and making sure that it’s not your brand new carpet that they’re peeing on or your favorite pair of shoes that they’ve turned into a toy, but most of us don’t.
Accommodating for your dog is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. We suggest keeping your dog in an area that is relatively close to you so that you can complete your work while also keeping an eye on them. If you want to give them a little more space or feel guilty confining them in your office, consider a baby gate. These gates make it easy for you to block off certain spaces without having to worry about where your dog is getting off to.
The Stair Barrier has designed a wide selection of pet gates for stairs and doorways that are efficient, effective, and stylish. If you’re interested in adding one of these must-have products to your home, shop the selection that we’ve designed here. You won’t regret adding one of these bad boys to your home.
Socialize Your Dog
Spending so much time with your pet can be enjoyable for the both of you, but it can also be extremely hard on your dog. When your pet spends so much time with you, they begin to become dependent on you and your company. This could lead to them acting out in public or struggling from separation anxiety when you’re not home.
The best way to avoid both separation anxiety and acting out in public is to provide your dog with some time to socialize. This could be anything from spending time with new people to visiting a dog park and letting them interact with some other dogs. Both of these activities are beneficial for a dog and their personality. If you work from home and spend lots of time with your dog at home, try and add some socialization time into the routine — you’ll be thankful for it later on.
If you don’t have anywhere to head out and visit, making time for a walk is another great way to get them out of the house and into the world. Socializing your dog can be interchangeable with fitting in exercise, so get a little creative when you think of ways to incorporate this into their life.
We just touched briefly on how too much time with your pet can have a negative effect. That being said, there’s no such thing as loving your dog too much. Working at home is a blessing in that you have so much time to form a strong bond with your puppy — so take advantage of it! The team at The Stair Barrier truly hopes to be a part of you and your pet's journey and development. We wish you nothing but the best of luck in this new chapter for both of you!