Working From Home With Pets

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The purrks of working from home

Working from home comes with a bunch of obstacles, and your dog can sometimes be one of them.

Is being a pet parent getting in the way of working from home? Check out these tips to keep your sanity and your paycheck.

Set Designated Play Times

One of the greatest challenges of working from home is time management. It’s easy enough to get distracted from work while at home by yourself, let alone with a cute puppy begging for a play session.

In order to keep your dog–or other distractions–from eating into your work day, set specific break times for you and your dog. Having this structured play time will not only help you get your work done, it will also help reinforce obedience with your pup.

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Create A Separate, Pup-Free Work Space

The best way to ensure your dog isn’t going to put a kink in the flow of your work day is to keep them in a separate area.

Yes, it’s nice to be able to pet your pup while you are listening in on a conference call, but doing this tells your dog they can get your attention whenever they want.

Setting up a separate work space is great, not just for you and your dog, but also for your work-life balance in general. It helps makes you feel like you aren’t actually living in your office.

Keep Your Dog Occupied

If dogs are bored or anxious, it can lead to destructive behaviors like chewing or marking around the house.

To avoid an interruption to your work flow–like stopping to scold your pup for chewed up shoes–make sure they have plenty of physical and mental stimulation for when you’re hard at work.

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Be Flexible

Freelancing or working from home means that every day is a different beast. Sometimes you’re so swamped, you’re lucky to get a hastily thrown together sandwich down for lunch; other times you can find yourself reorganizing your bookshelf while waiting for your next assignment.

This flux in schedule can make it difficult to keep all the “rules” for working from home with a dog as rigid and routine as you’d like. Part of working from home–and owning a dog–is learning how to be flexible and roll with the punches.

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