Many Americans aren’t just taking their work home with them these days, it’s staying at home – making pets around the country very happy.
We’re all adjusting to life during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic – including our furry family members.
The new work-from-home normal is an adjustment you and your furbaby. It’s not always easy to be productive with a dog or cat begging for attention. Plus, pets get stir-crazy, too.
Rover.com has so advice from its dog and cat behavior experts on how to make the transition as harmonious as possible and still get a little work done.
The amount of mental and physical stimulation needed depends on the dog, so be sure to pay attention – bored pups are prone to troublemaking such as excessive barking, destroying the house, destroying toys, and eating socks and shoes, said Nicole Ellis, a certified dog trainer (CPDT-KA), American Kennel Club CGC evaluator and APDT trainer.
Mentally stimulating activities for aren’t things like chess or crosswords, she said. Instead, they’re training, dog puzzles, interactive toys, and anything that makes them think and problem solve.
Training is a great way to tire your dog out while you’re home together. A little bit can go a long way. Work on eye contact, “leave it,” “stay,” tricks and more – get your kids involved if they’re home too.
Dogs get bored with old toys just like children, so try rotating toys out when they're no longer exciting. When the toy comes back, it’ll be like it’s new again.
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Cats are creatures of habit, and you being home all day is not their normal routine, said Mikel Delgado is a cat behavior consultant and postdoctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. For some cats, the change might be stressful – it's important to be patient.
Keeping to routines – such as bedtime and meal times – as much as possible with help cats, she said. Add in some enrichment, activities and additional playtime to make days at home even better.
Some cats may assume you’re home just for them. They don’t care that there’s work to do and virtual meetings to attend. When you talk, they probably think you’re talking to them. So, what can you do to keep them off your keyboard?