A puppy, like a new child, can bring a lot of changes into your life. As a work-from-home employee, a new puppy can disrupt your entire routine. You need to make sure that your puppy has all the attention, exercise, and training that they need. This can be challenging while working from home. However, it is doable with some planning and some tips.
Can You Work From Home With a Puppy?
It can be intimidating to add a new puppy to the family. However, it can also be enjoyable to work from home with a puppy. I currently work from home with my dog, and it does cut down on some of the loneliness I feel as a remote worker. When you don’t see your coworkers in person, it can be easy to get lonely on days you don’t have any calls. A puppy can be a companion to cut down on that. Additionally, pets have been shown to have a variety of health benefits . Pets can even decrease your blood pressure and make you more motivated to exercise. The thought of getting a puppy is appealing to many.
New puppies require a lot of time and attention, but working from home can make raising a puppy a lot easier. As a remote worker, you do have some advantages. You typically have a more flexible schedule, may have more time in your day if you don’t commute, and can spend your lunch breaks playing with your new friend.
7 Tips to Successfully Work From Home With a Puppy
1. Take Puppy Breaks
When you are working from home, you have an advantage in that you are a bit more available to your puppy than the average dog owner.
This can be a great advantage because you can build your puppy into your day. Anytime you have a break, you can spend time with your puppy and give them the care they need. This can be anything from playing with them to doing general dog care. Giving your puppy some of your availability during the day can give them a head start in becoming a well-integrated part of the family. It can also keep them happier knowing that they are getting the attention that they crave during the day.
2. Plan Your Day with the Puppy in Mind
When you are working from home with a new puppy, it is important that you plan your day with your puppy in mind.
Puppies thrive on routine. As you get used to your new puppy, it isn’t a bad idea to slowly integrate them into your routine. They will learn that they should expect things like meals and walks at certain times of the day. You can plan this routine around your work schedule so that your puppy will learn that you are more available when you are not working.
It can also be helpful to set a potty training routine. Puppies can’t hold their pee for very long. According to the AKC, your puppy can only be expected to hold their pee for 1 hour for every month old they are until they are 9 months to a year old. For a young puppy, this isn’t a long time! As a work-from-home employee, you have an advantage in that you can be home to let your puppy out when they need to go out. You just need to plan their potty breaks into your workday.
Although it is impossible to set your routine in stone, a little bit of planning goes a long way for you and your puppy.
3. Have Entertainment Ready
Puppies are extremely interactive and love to play.
If you are too busy with work to play, you should have dog toys or other entertainment available to keep your puppy occupied. Some of the best toys that I have found for dogs are toys with hidden compartments where you can put a treat. Your puppy will then have to work to get the treat, but it can keep them occupied for quite some time.
4. Watch for Noise Issues
One thing to keep in mind when adding a puppy to the family is noise issues.
Dogs do tend to whine or get noisy right when you are getting ready for an important meeting or making a phone call. Or when they see the mailman. One drawback to working from home with my dog can be the noise. To counteract this, if I know that I am going to have to get on a call, I will sometimes crate my dog or go to an area of the house where I know the noise will be minimized. It is a good idea to have a plan in place with your puppy if you do need quiet time during the day.
Another thing that you could do before selecting your puppy is to select a breed that is not as noisy if this is a concern of yours.
5. Work on Training
If you want to work from home with your puppy, you need to start training as soon as possible.
You can begin potty training right away. The quicker you can get your pup potty trained, the less of a headache it will be for you in the long run.
Additionally, although you may be home more often than the average pet owner, don’t forget to crate train your puppy. A crate provides your puppy with their own “safe” place to go. The crate can be helpful when you are housetraining your puppy as they are not likely to have an accident in their crate. It also provides you the benefit of a place to keep your puppy if you do need to contain them when you have too much to do. You could even keep their crate in your home office during the day.
You can also work obedience training for commands such as “sit”, “stay”, and “lay down” into your day. Puppies thrive on short, but interesting training sessions. This could work to your advantage as a work-at-home dog owner as you may be able to work several training sessions into your day.
6. Keep Your Expectations Manageable
Whatever you do, keep your expectations manageable.
Your puppy is not going to be trained overnight and there will be setbacks. They may have an accident while you are trying to meet a deadline or might need your attention when you are busy. Whatever it is, you cannot forget that your dog is a puppy. They will get past their issues and through training and care develop into a loyal member of the family.
The puppy stage is one of the hardest stages of your dog’s life. Although they are cute, it is when they are most demanding and need the most care. Just remember that it does not last forever. Before you know it, your furry friend will be a well-behaved member of the family.
7. Get Help If You Need It
Do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
Remember, working from home is working! You need to counter-balance your puppy’s needs with your work. If you need to, don’t be afraid to ask a family member for help while you take an important meeting or are working towards a deadline. If you have children, they may even be interested in getting involved with the puppy and may take over some duties when you are working.
You could also think about hiring a dog walker if you simply can’t get away during the day to give your furry friend some exercise.
As a remote worker, you do have some advantages in adding a new furry member to the family. A new puppy can be a lot of work, but working from home with a puppy is doable. Your dog may even become your new favorite co-worker.