If you find yourself suddenly working from home, you may have the chance to spend more time with your furry friends. In fact, your pets may make great co-workers.
Yet between all the puppy cuddles, you and your pet may be new to a remote work environment. And you may start to find sharing a workspace with your pets comes with a new set of challenges. While it may be tempting to spend your day curled up with your best friend, productivity and balance are helpful for everyone.
providing mental, physical and emotional stimulation helps provide balance to
your furry family member. And if your pet is bored, they may start to find a
way to entertain themselves.
For this reason, we asked our Trupanion team members for some of their favorite tips to help keep your pets busy and happy throughout your workday.
How to entertain your dog and cat while you work remotely
Activities are a great way to break up your pet’s routine and provide stimulation. For example, enrichment helps provide mental stimulation to your pet. Also, incorporating enrichment toys throughout the day can help curb behavior cues and boredom. If you have a new puppy or kitten, they may find ways to entertain themselves. Give your pet options to search, find, and work for their toys and treats. Consider switching out your pet’s toys or create your own toys.
Consider the following DIY homemade
Put a tennis ball (or two or three)
in a sock and tie a knot.
Cut a few holes in a plastic bottle
and fill with treats.
A snuffle mat is a mat with flaps that lets your pets search for their food. Take a plastic mat, like a doormat or bath mat, and cut holes in the bottom. Insert fleece through holes and tie knots. Sprinkle treats or food in the mat and your all set.
Further, make sure to monitor your pets with any toy or activity. If your pet destroys the toy, dispose of it right away to avoid any possible ingestion.
Take breaks and interact
No pet wants to play with the same toy all day. Breaks are beneficial for humans and pets alike and may help keep you both energized for the workday. Consider a break in between meetings or work. For example, a game of toss or a few minutes of laser pen can add a boost to you and your furry friend’s day.
Play a game of hide and seek
Your puppies and kittens are curious, so consider adding a game into your work schedule. Take a few minutes and play hide and seek with your furry friend. Also, once they’ve mastered hide and seek, you can incorporate other items into the game. Consider adding a favorite toy for the ultimate hide and seek challenge. Reward your best friend with a treat at the end.
Switch up your routine
Take the opportunity to change up your daily work routine. For instance, schedule breaks, incorporate interactive activities and take the time to bond with your pets. In addition, you can also add small training sessions for your new puppy during mealtime or walks. Further, switching up your routine is not only healthy for you, but also for your furry friend. It helps keep them stimulated and engaged.
Invite your furry friends to your
One of the biggest perks of working at home is the companionship of your pets. So, why not take the time to share your furry friends with your co-workers? Your best friend will love the interaction and stimulation and it may bring a smile to a co-worker.
An enriched pet is a happy pet
Taking the time to entertain your pets and interact with them while you work remote provides them stimulation throughout the day. Playtime and bonding time is beneficial for the health and wellness of you and your pets whether you’re on or off the clock.
What are your favorite ways to entertain your dog or cat while you work?
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.