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COVID 19: Working from Home With Four-legged Companions

How to tackle the "new normal" with our paws & claws teammates

It can be challenging to work remotely, but pets can actually deliver benefits to help lighten your load

The recent state regulations have asked all Ohioans to stay home to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As a result, more Americans are working from home than usual. While this may be a welcome change to some, others may find that there are some things that require getting used to. Schedules and mindsets can be difficult to carry over from the office environment into the home, and that transition can be made worse for pet owners. While we love our pets, they may also serve as roadblocks when it comes to concentration.

Here are some things to remember:
It’s probably as weird for them as it is for you. When pets are home alone, they have their own schedules they’re used to adhering to. Most of that probably involves sleep, but when you’re home, that serves as a new and exciting thing for them to be happy about. Your pets may see fit to “bother you” more. Try not to punish them for that. Instead, keep them occupied with bones and toys elsewhere (as long as they can be trusted with such things on their own), and don’t be afraid to separate yourself. Set up a work space that is animal-free or, if you worry about your pet getting into things they shouldn’t when you’re not around, arrange a pet bed or a cozy space for them somewhere close to your workspace. Do your best to adhere to the schedules they have in place when you’re usually gone throughout the day. If you know your pet can go eight hours without a bathroom break, don’t be swayed when they’re lingering by the door at 2 p.m.

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