If you work from home regularly, having a dog to keep you company will create a special bond. But it can often be a tricky task choosing which pup is the best to adopt. Luckily, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are here to make your decision easier.
Nathalie Ingham, Canine Behaviour and Training Manager at Battersea, tells Country Living UK: “I’m sure any dog would love to have their owner around more often, so living with someone who works from home can provide them with a level of comfort. However, owners who are caring for a dog while working must factor in breaks in their routine, to give their dog some one-on-one time.”
“In a world where people’s lifestyles are busier than ever before, many dogs end up staying on their own for long periods – which can lead to them becoming bored and anxious. If you’re in the fortunate position of working from home, with a flexible schedule, you could be in an ideal position to get a dog – as you’ll be able to help settle your dog into a routine and teach them to slowly cope by themselves.”
Nathalie continues, reminding us that: “Every dog is different, and at Battersea, we judge how long a dog would cope with being left alone based on their individual temperament. I’d encourage anyone who works from home and is looking for a dog to consider a rescue in the first instance. You could help change the life of a dog who really needs a second chance and find a new best friend in the process.”
Tips for working at home with your dog
1. Take regular breaks
“While you’re working, you won’t be able to give your dog the attention they need. It’s important your dog learns to entertain themselves, but they also need some quality time with you. Make sure you take some one-on-one time with your dog, to take them for a quick walk, play with or just cuddle for a few minutes on the sofa,” explains Nathalie.
2. Give them space
“Try and set up a separate area to where you work for your dog to have as their own. Teach then to settle by themselves so they don’t distract you,” continues Nathalie.
3. Keep them busy
“Dogs can become bored quickly and will come to you for attention – distracting you from your work. To keep your dog occupied, give them some toys or a food puzzle to focus on,” says Nathalie.
4. If you have visitors, make sure your dog has a safe space
“If you’re working from home, you may find you have a lot of strangers coming over – this could be anyone from the postman to associates. If you’re expecting visitors, make sure your dog has a safe space where they can take themselves away, in case they’re not feeling social. Make sure you always reward them for social calm behaviours and heading off to their safe space,” explains Nathalie.
5. Make sure your plan your time away
“There may be times when you must work away from home and it’s important that your dog has everything they need, even if you’re not there. Ask a friend, or reputable local dog walker to look after your dog while you’re away,” says Nathalie.
4 BEST DOG BREEDS IF YOU WORK FROM HOME
“Mongrels are a complete mixture of genetic material and, consequently, come in a range of energy levels and temperaments. The puppies can grow into any shape or size, with any type of colour of coat, but they often resemble their parents,” explains Nathalie.
“The fastest animal on earth apart from the cheetah, Greyhounds run in short bursts at breakneck speed. At home, these gentle, affectionate pets are happy to lie around all day, but prefer the sofa to the floor, where they can be more comfortable.”
3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
“Staffordshire Bull Terriers are very loyal and tolerant with family members. They are resilient and physically robust. They may be spirited and tenacious, and will benefit from an active owner who can provide plenty of affection, exercise and play.”
4. Jack Russell
“Jack Russell Terriers are popular and well known. They are active, inquisitive and extrovert, and may require an active owner who has the knowledge and time to socialise this dog well when a puppy and provide plenty of activity, exercise and play when an adult.”
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