With remotely working from home becoming all the more popular, this may sometimes include some extra time with our fuzzy friends. Not to mention, dogs are becoming increasingly more accepted at offices now. This is partially due to offices being more open in structure as well as research that proves having a furry friend around you while working can lower stress and boost creativity. So if you do have that time at home with them, how do you manage the workdays while also taking care of your best bud?
While the joy of having them around, like anything else, there are also downsides. Maybe you’re about to have a video conference call, and your dog keeps wanting to make a guest appearance. Or maybe your curious cat decides to take a stroll on your keyboard while you’re holding a pitch presentation for new clients. Either way, some situations can just be downright embarrassing for pet owners.
So what is the solution? Keep reading! We have identified five ways to keep your pet from crashing your next conference call.
1. Make sure they’ve got some daily exercise
They saying goes; a tired dog is a happy dog. And as the owner of two precious dogs, I can attest that it’s true! The hidden benefit is that you can also boost your productivity. Schedule one or two fifteen-minute walks into your calendar each day, and preferably before meetings. The result is some new energy, a clear mind – and for your dog, burning off some energy and boredom. And once back, your dog will usually be content with a nap and therefore also much less likely to interrupt you during your next call.
2. Set up a dedicated pet space
Most effective way to ensure that your conference call won’t become a feature video with your pup, is to set up a separate workspace, not just for you, but for your dog. It can both help set boundaries with giving attention when they want as well as creating a workspace that doesn’t feel like living in your office.
This might be tough in the beginning if your pup isn’t used to it, but it’s important not to give in. If your dog is used to getting your attention at any given time, they might start showing signs of anxiety. They might start crying or trying to open the door, and no matter how hard it is, don’t cave and let them in. This will only tell them that they’re in charge and by crying, they can be close to you.
3. Noise cancelling technology
From noise-canceling headsets to soundproof areas, there’s no limit of products to cut down on to ensure that you’re not interrupted by any background noises like barking, running or playing. So make sure you have your mute button ready and invest in a pair of reliable noise cancelling headphones.
4. Treats and training
Maybe your dog’s happiest moment of the day is the mailman ringing the bell. This can quickly become a problem if training isn’t instilled. Keep some treats handy at your office area and the next time someone’s at the door, immediately give your dog a treat. Repeat this over and over and you’ll soon find that the barking will soon cease. And as with any training, consistency is key.
5. Keep ’em busy
If dogs are bored or anxious, it can lead to destructive behaviours like chewing on things or marking the house… To avoid those interruptions and especially a ruined pair of fresh new kicks – make sure they have plenty of physical and mental stimulation while you’re away. Make sure that they have a toy and set designated bonding play time. By setting specific play breaks it can help you get work done, while also reinforcing obedience with your pup.
While all of these are great tips to make sure that you have a bulletproof conference call, it’s important to remember to aim for progress and not perfection. None of us are perfect pup parents, so if you find yourself playing with your pup for a few minutes when you should’ve been checking the monthly budget, don’t beat yourself up. Its important that you’re flexible with an already flexible workspace and recognizing this will both keep you and your dog happy.