Like many of you, the Edgard & Cooper team is working from home to do our bit to flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19. This could be a huge challenge for people with a pet at home. How can you tick off everything on your to-do list while your (very) cute pet is begging for attention? The good news is: with a good start and a structured planning, this situation could improve your relationship with your four-legged friend. These tips will help you find the ideal work-pet balance!
Structure is the key!
Dogs and cats love routine, so why not draw up a daily schedule with fixed play times. In the morning, for example, you take a long walk with your dog or plan some play time with your cat so that they use up some energy. When you go to work and your pet starts meowing or whining for attention, be strict by ignoring their bad behaviour. These structured play times will help you get your work done and improve your pet’s obedience!
A pet-free workspace
If you’re distracted too often or your pet has difficulty distinguishing between work and play time, try to create a space where your pet isn’t allowed. Would you like to keep an eye on things? Put a fence between your workspace and your pet's living space. If your pet starts whining when you’ve made it clear to stay away, then don’t give in. Show them who's the boss!
Afternoon break! No holds barred
As a homeworker, you have the luxury of being able to organise your time flexibly. Make use of this during your lunch break by spending quality time with your pet. Let your dog go wild in the nearest forest or park. Or how about a few fetching games in the garden to exercise their body and mind? Don’t forget: you’ll benefit by gaining productivity. There are also lots of things you can do to help your cat work out - check out this blog for proof 👇.
Toys are your pet’s work
If dogs and cats are bored or frightened, they can exhibit destructive behaviour like chewing your shoes or leaving behind… accidents 💩. Those frustrations can disrupt your work routine, but the solution is simple. Make sure your pet is getting enough physical and mental stimulation while you're at work. Dog toys like Kong or chew toys are perfect! For cats, a simple cardboard box does wonders. Watch it 👀. Working from home means every day can be different. One day you are flooded with work, other times you can clean up that messy closet while waiting for your next assignment. As a result, it’s not always easy to adhere strictly to the rules mentioned above. Be flexible and think about your health as well as that of your four-legged friend.
About Edgard & Cooper
Joyful pet food
Eating is one of life’s simple joys, so why overcomplicate things? Unlike most other pet foods, we treat nature’s ingredients with respect and make food that’s naturally healthy and full of flavour.
Play nice with nature
We’re on a mission to become the world’s most sustainable pet food. We love nature, so we pledge to make real, lasting change through our targets of zero carbon, fully sustainable packaging and ethically sourced ingredients.
Friends stick together
We donate 1% of our sales to the Edgard & Cooper Foundation, which works with charities that improve the lives of cats and dogs today, while protecting them tomorrow.