State’s pet owners are spending an unprecedented number of hours working out of home with their dogs. And while man’s best friend could be a source of great comfort during these tough times, dogs can also impede the job process. Local dog-centric businesses have some advice for dog owners who are struggling to work with an emotionally needy canine buddy.
Use puzzles to occupy dogs throughout conference calls
Nothing disrupts a conference call like a puppy wanting attention. According to Denise Einkauf, proprietor of Waggin’ Tails Daycare and Boarding, dogs are especially prone to interrupting conference calls or videos because they are drawn to their proprietor voices. “When you sit there working, your puppy is more likely to sit quietly,” she clarified. “But as soon as your puppy hears you talking, they are likely to want your attention, and they are more likely to disrupt your work.
Einkauf recommends using snacks to engage a puppy during major calls. Just like humans, dogs love a good snack, also treats are a excellent tool for keeping a puppy occupied. The trick to optimizing snacktime, would be to integrate those snacks into a difficult game.
“Dogs need training and physical exercise, but they also need aerobic exercise,” said Einkauf. “If you make it a battle, by using a mystery, by way of instance, dogs can get that mental exercise.”
She noted that there are lots of commercially available puzzles, but pet owners can also easily create their own pup-pleasing puzzles with ordinary household items. Einkauf recommended the website Amazon for some do-it-yourself puppy puzzles. “It is also beneficial if you have kids, because these are toys which the kids can create,” she added.
Jose Morillo, proprietor of Camp Bow Wow, a dog daycare and boarder in California, recommends handing out the deal puzzles right before important meetings to take advantage of a preoccupied puppy. “Do not wait until your interview is five minutes into realize your dog needs your attention,” he advised. Morillo is also the owner of this new Camp Bow Wow place in Cypress that will be opening later that spring.
Maximize break time with a walk
Dogs supply the perfect opportunity to get out and about while adhering to social distancing. Morillo noted that brief walks are good for dogs and people alike. “Truly, a quick walk around the block is all you and your puppy need,” he said. “It will truly blow off steam for both of you.”
“If a puppy has had workout, it will be a lot calmer and more likely to give you space as you work,” Einkauf added.
Use this opportunity for coaching
Now is the perfect time to practice training, based on Morillo. The practice doesn’t need to be lengthy. “Fifteen minutes of training is equivalent to an hour of exercise,” Morillo said. “So a small amount of training goes a very long way.”
The coaching doesn’t have to be complicated or maybe too practical. “Educating a puppy a trick like’shake’ or’roll ‘ is just as valuable as an important command,” Morillo said.
Einkauf noted that pet owners do not need exclusive experience to teach their dogs new tricks. “There are a lot of great YouTube stations out there that could teach owners how to train their dogs,” she said.