The Pros and Cons of Working From Home & How it Affects Your Dog

Are you considering making a career change and swapping out the cubicle for a home office? Maybe you are already working from home, but considering getting a dog.  When working from home you should consider the pros and cons of working from home, and how it affects your dog.

The positive side of working from home as a pet owner can certainly outweigh the negative in my opinion. I have tested this theory for with my own fur baby for several months, as the Pandemic shifted my career to solely virtual. To say I was nervous about my dog adapting to the new change is an understatement, but he actually did quite well.  Here are some pros from our new work from home arrangement.

WFH Pros

  • No more rushing the morning potty routine.  Since, the morning commute is less than 5 seconds for the new home office. Pets have extra time to do their business in the morning, without leaving their humans feeling rushed.
  • You get to reclaim your lunch break. The afternoon potty break can be such a challenge, especially with a puppy. Since working from home, you will no longer have to spend your entire lunch break rushing home to let the dogs out, just to turn around and return to work starving because you had not time to eat.
  • Extra time spent with your best friend. Working from home will allow extra snuggles with your furry friends in the morning, during lunch break, and even right after work.  Since your travel time is alleviated by working from home, that time can be spent loving on your pup.
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All in all, whether it’s a 9-5, or a more unconventional shift. Working from home can have a lot of positive impacts on the relationship between you and your dog.  With every pro, there are always cons.  These are some things to consider before changing your current working environment.

WFH Cons

  • Your dog may suffer from separation anxiety. This can be prevalent in some work from home situations, especially if your office is not in a secluded area of the home. It is understandable that after spending an entire work from home week with you, on top of the time you are already home, your dog may feel a little distressed if you leave them alone for long periods of time.
  • If your dog is a barker, they could create some distraction.  You should consider if your work from home position has a noise tolerance for the position you are applying, and if that tolerance will work for the type of dog you have.
  • Expect added distractions, when working from home and owning a pet, especially a dog.  It could be something as simple as the USPS driver knocking on the door. With a dog, that simple task is added chaos.  The dog will also sense their human is 100% available, even though we know we should be working.

Working from home when owning a pet has good things and negative things that come with it. Overall, it can be a wonderful experience for both dog and owner.  It does shake your routine up at first, but if you understand the risks of working from home with a dog, the rewards can be plentiful. Working from home is also not for everyone. It does take a certain personality to not only do a job while in the comfort of your own home, but to do it well.  As much as this can be a positive thing for the pets in your life, it is not for everyone. You will want to consider if your pet might be a distraction before considering a work from home position.

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