Working from home is tough for all, but it is especially tough for pet owners who have to wrangle their fur babies away from them. It’s hard to get angry at your pets, but how do you stay sane working at home with them around you 24/7? Here are some tips that may just help keep them off your heels while you focus on your work:
1. Engage in an energizing playtime with them beforehand
For those with hyperactive pets at home, it might be a little tougher to get them away from you. This would mean you’d have to tire them out first, and what better way to do that than engaging them in rigorous playtime?
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After a quick home exercise with your fur friend, your tuckered-out pet will be sure to stay out of your way for the rest of the day, leaving you free to do your tasks. Though, be ready for more playtime once they wake up from their naps!
2. Get battery-operated toys to capture their attention
Battery-operated toys will also be your lifesaver during this time, helping to distract your pet from your presence.
A toy that can move about by itself will definitely intrigue your pets and leave you alone to your work for a blissful few hours.
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You can get one such battery-operated toy here to satisfy your pet’s neverending curiosity. Make sure to keep any small parts and batteries out of their reach, though!
3. Let your pet enjoy the view from your (safely secured) windows
Even though we may not be able to go outside as often as we like, gazing at the great outdoors from the comfort of our home is still a pleasant activity for both you and your pets.
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Be sure to secure your windows with the necessary screens and let your furry companion have a nice view of your surroundings. It’s a perfect place for them to take a quick snooze, and a great time for you to finish up any work that you have.
If the scenery outside your window isn’t the most captivating, just switch the television on and let them enjoy a nature-related show! Seeing their distant relatives on screen might be able to help capture their attention.
4. Take breaks with your pet
One can never truly be productive at work without a few breaks in between, so be sure to allocate time for yourself to rest!
A short break will help clear your mind and get you ready to start on your daily tasks again. Not only that, but a quick respite with your pet can help them ease their need to constantly play with you.
After all, the good thing about having a furry friend at home is that you can cuddle with them anytime you want!
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5. Buy or make puzzle toys to keep them entertained
Lastly, if your pet’s up for a mental challenge, puzzle toys will be the perfect investment for them.
Puzzle toys are toys that contain treats for your pets to try and get out. With these enigmatic playthings for them to struggle over, you’ll have a good few hours all to yourself as they try to find a way to get to their favourite snacks.
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If you aren’t able to get a puzzle toy, no need to fret! You can make your own with cardboard boxes, plastic containers and other household items: just remember to place their tasty treats inside to get their attention!
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Though animals may be a bother during this period, be sure to show them some love as well! Who knows, you might find yourself missing their company once you return to work.