Getting used to working with your dog in the background can be unusual for many and takes a bit of adjustment. This includes your dog barking just as the important bit of a call comes up! Here are some tips to limit any of these surprise noises during a meeting with your boss.
Fill (and freeze) a Kong
You can fill a Kong full of something super tasty (e.g. dog-safe peanut butter) and give this to your dog just before the call begins. If you can, freeze the Kong with the tasty treat inside as this will keep your dog entertained for longer.
Load up a Lickimat
Keep things interesting by trying something different spread on a Lickimat, such as squashed banana, chopped vegetables & greek yogurt, dog friendly peanut butter or squeezy cheese.
Fill up a snuffle mat
Other bite-size treats can be hidden in a snuffle mat to encourage your doggo; consider chopped apple, their favourite treats or even their kibble.
Exercise your dog just before a call (following the current guidelines for leaving your home). When you join the call your dog will hopefully be more suitably tired and possibly nap through it.
Chew or puzzle toys
These are a brilliant way to entertain your dog. Save them up for a special occasion (such as when you are on a call), this means when they come out your dog is even more excited about it! Examples of these are buffalo horns, antlers, yak chews, coffeewood chews /anco roots.
It is going to be very beneficial for you and your dog to spend time apart, as one day you will be going back to the office. Why not shut them in a different room for a period of time during the day to get them used to spending time alone? If this is something you are concerned about, check out our blog post on preparing your dog for when you go back to work.
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The ADAPTIL team