Did you know that June 26th is Take Your Dog To Work Day? Of course, with more people than ever working from home, this year’s theme may very well be focused on taking your work to Fido. Our canine pals can actually make great co-workers! A local Spring Valley, CA vet offers some advice on working with your four-legged buddy below.
Dogs tend to thrive on a steady schedule, as this helps them feel safe and secure. Keep Fido on a routine for meals, walks, playtime, and hangout time.
Before starting work, take your pup for a long walk, and then tire him out with a fun play session. This will help your canine buddy burn off any excess energy he has. Afterwards, Fido will probably be a bit tired. This is actually a good thing, as your pooch will hopefully be more interested in napping than in chewing up your shoes.
Keep your furry buddy in mind when setting up your desk. If Fido tends to be a bit clumsy, be sure to put lids on your cups and water bottles. You don’t want your furry friend spilling your coffee all over your computer!
Dogs are very loyal, and often try to stick close to their humans. You may want to put one of Fido’s beds near your workstation. Your pet will probably spend a chunk of his day napping and just quietly hanging out with you. He may of course occasionally interrupt you by bringing you his favorite toy, or rubbing his head against your leg to beg for ear scritches. Enjoy these little moments!
If you are having a conference call over Zoom or another online app, you may want to put Fido in another room, and turn a TV or radio on. If he barks, he may set off someone else’s dog, which can then start a chain reaction. Then again, this may be a great ice-breaker!
Try to time your breaks so that you can take your canine companion for a walk during your breaks. This is a great chance for you to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine, which will benefit both you and your pup.
Please contact us, your Spring Valley, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!