On 5 November 2020, England entered its second coronavirus lockdown. Once again I was working from home full time. Working from home is means less time commuting and more time for things that you want to do like ‘walkies’!
However, working from home is also very frustrating for your pooch. My dog (Sash) is one of the most laid back and laziest four legged creatures I’ve ever met. She sleeps all day when we’re not here. We have video evidence.
Not only are my constant calls and background noise distracting her and disturbing her endless slumber, she doesn’t understand why I spend hours staring at a screen and not focusing on her. I often have a gentle paw placed on my leg, the back of my hand licked, and hear teenage huffs and puffs when she can’t sleep.
This lockdown I decided to do something different. I wanted to do something that would keep her entertained while I work. I scoured the internet for ideas and picked a few things to try.
Below I detail how my rather intelligent, lazy, slightly overweight, 10 year old Sharpei-Staffie responded a variety of options. I know that the ratings would be completely different for her best friend Willow (an excitable puppy sprocker spaniel). You will have to test these methods yourself to see what works best for you and your dog(s).
I would love your suggestions, recommendations, thoughts and ideas. Please leave us a comment!
Overall, we’re not impressed with the treat options. Sash, our pooch, loves them, but they don’t last long enough. She’s soon at my feet asking for more. Plus, she’s slightly overweight and so I’m not sure that continuously feeding her outside of her meals is a good idea. Sash was not impressed when we started portioning her meals to accommodate the treats!
Long lasting chews
Hire a dog walker
Send your dog to daycare
Walks throughout the day
Prepare for normality
It was recommended in most of the sources to prepare for normality. Your pooch will get used to you being around all the time and it can increase separation anxiety. Make sure that you still go out without your dog. Go to the shop, go for a run, spend an hour away from your dog.
- Woofdog – Keep your dog entertained while at work
- Preventive Vet – Working from home helping your dog stay quiet
- House Beautiful – How to keep your dog entertained working from home
- Petful – Keep your dog entertained while at work
- Companion Protect – How to keep your dog entertained when working from home
- Its dog food – 9 ways to keep your dog entertained whilst working from home
- Gallant – How to keep your dog entertained while working from home
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