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How To Work From Home With Pets: Tips and Tricks

The transition to remote work has significantly transformed the daily routines of many households across Australia. Initially propelled by the challenges of the Covid pandemic, some who adapted to working from home have chosen to continue this setup even as restrictions have eased. This ongoing shift has reshaped our work environments, making our homes the new hubs of professional activity.

However, this new norm presents a unique opportunity for pet owners to spend more time with their furry friends, but it also introduces challenges in maintaining productivity and work-life balance. Unaware of our professional obligations, Pets seek attention and interaction during work hours, which can lead to distractions. To navigate this, setting clear boundaries is crucial. 

Here’s how to work from home with pets:

Create a Dedicated Workspace

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Establishing a specific area for work can help create a boundary that your pet learns to understand over time. Ideally, this space should be separate from where your pet eats, sleeps, or plays. However, you can include a comfortable spot for your pet nearby so they feel close to you without disrupting your work.

Stick to a Routine

Pets thrive on routine, and so do we. Set regular hours for work, play, and relaxation. This predictability helps your pet understand when it’s time for quiet and when it’s playtime. Remember to schedule short breaks to attend to your pet’s needs, such as bathroom breaks, short walks, or a little playtime, which can also be an excellent way for you to take a mental break.

Exercise and Stimulation

10 weeks old kitten playing

Ensure your pet gets plenty of exercise before your workday begins. A tired pet is less likely to be disruptive. For pets that require less physical activity, like cats, provide ample stimulation through toys or puzzle feeders. These not only keep them occupied but also promote mental well-being.

If you’re unsure how much exercise your perfect pooch needs, visit our previous blog on Dogs-ercise here.

Implement Positive Reinforcement

Use positive reinforcement to encourage good behaviour during your work hours. Treats, gentle praise, or a quick play session can go a long way in reinforcing the behaviour you want to see. Pet Food Australia’s range of healthy treats is an excellent addition to your positive reinforcement toolkit.

Set Boundaries

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Teach your pet that work time is not playtime. This might require training, such as teaching your pet to stay in their bed or designated space while you work from home. Consistency is key; your pet will learn to respect your work boundaries over time.

Manage Noise and Distractions

Pets can be noisy, especially during important calls or meetings. Plan ahead by providing your pet with a quiet, engaging activity during these times. For dogs, a long-lasting chew or a puzzle toy can be effective. For cats, a new box or a window perch can provide entertainment.

Consider Pet Daycare or a Pet Sitter

Owner and her french bulldog puppy is having fun while walking in the dog park at grass lawn after having morning exercise during summer

Consider options like pet daycare or a pet sitter on those particularly busy days. This can benefit social pets who enjoy interaction and help break the monotony of being at home every day.

Embrace the Benefits

Working from home with pets presents a unique opportunity to bond and spend quality time together. Regular cuddles, playtime, and simply being in each other’s company can enhance your relationship and provide mutual comfort and stress relief.

Integrating pets into your work from home lifestyle requires patience, planning, and, as always, lots of love. By setting boundaries, sticking to a routine, and planning ahead, you can create a harmonious environment that fosters both productivity and well-being. Remember, a happy pet makes for a happy pet parent, and at Pet Food Australia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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