Working from home can be splendid. You don’t have to take the dreaded commute to work, you can take breaks whenever you want and you can even choose to be in your pyjamas all day long if you’d like. But combining your work and home can also be a risky endeavour. Having your office in the place where you live, eat, sleep and relax can make it hard to find the motivation to get your work completed. Having flexibility, a limited structure and no boss on your back may seem like the dream but it makes it a lot harder to be productive.
Here are 3 ways to boost your productivity and maintain a great work-life balance.
1. Create a good work space
While it might be far more comfortable to work from bed or the couch, it’s not going to make you very efficient. Set up a desk and commit to working in that specifically designated space. Separating your personal area and work area is incredibly important to ensure that you don’t tarnish your home and make it only remind you of your required tasks and of the work that needs to be done.
When you create your workspace, put effort into it. Clear any clutter, add some indoor plants and decorate it in any way that you see fit. The more content you are with your workspace, the more you’ll want to work there. Ensure you have a comfortable chair and that your screen is in line with your eyesight. Allow the space to be well lit by natural light if possible and keep your area organised.
2. Have a schedule
Luckily you have the flexibility to work when you want and you don’t have to work 9-5 if that’s something you don’t want to do. That doesn’t mean you should work without a schedule though. In fact, having a schedule when you work from home is often more important than a schedule if you were working in an office because it is far easier to be distracted and procrastinate when it’s just you in your own house.
And to avoid the guilt of your dog’s little eyes staring up at you, with constant scratches at your legs for attention and playtime, consider sending them to doggy day care to have someone look after them for you for the day. Sending them for a play date can prevent any further distractions of working from home!
Also set a to-do list each day and plan how long you will need to complete each of your tasks. This way you can keep yourself accountable and be as productive as possible.
3.Factor in breaks
Having an area to rest and relax in is just as important as creating a space that you will want to work in. Scheduling breaks is as equally as important as scheduling yourself time to work. Go outside, spend five minutes in your backyard with your dog, take them for a short walk or relax for a moment in a different area. Having office hours will help you separate your life from your work and enable you to have a good work-life balance.
Is your dog an important part of your family? Do you want your dog to reach their full potential? If you do want your dog to lead and live an enriched life, then doggie day care maybe what you are looking for.
Doggie day care is the equivalence of childcare and is incredibly beneficial for your dog. It’s not only a place to send your dog when you are away or at work, it’s a place for your dog to make new friends, adapt new & positive habits and learn new things. Your dog can be spoiled, groomed, pampered and it is also an environment where they can exercise, increase health and develop good behaviors and manners.
The benefits of doggie day care are significant. Many dogs lack the attention and stimulation that they need to be the best dogs that they can be because owners can’t always spend enough time with them, are first time dog owners and not all owners own more than one dog. Here are some of the reasons why your pooch should go to doggie day care.
There are critical stages throughout your dog’s life where they need necessary attention that will positively influence their behaviours. Socialisation is incredibly important to teach your dog to have better coping skills and behave appropriately when meeting new dogs for the first time, meeting people, experiences and places. By introducing your dog to other dogs, you are able to help their psychological development.
Letting your dog stay at doggie day care means professionals will be able to help expose your pooch to the new experiences that they need. It is also beneficial in exposing your dog to different play styles, breeds and temperaments. The socialisation training doesn’t just end after doggie day care. A well-socialised dog will carry those positive behaviors into their everyday life and other surrounds.
Not all of us have big backyards for our dogs to play in, and sometimes it can be hard to find the time to provide the length of exercise that our dogs require. Exercise is not just for your dog’s enjoyment, it’s for their physical and mental wellbeing. Dogs were built to be active, so taking your pooch to doggie day care means that they can be given all of the healthy and necessary activity that they need. Whether that be through playing ball games, tug-a-war with ropes, running through tunnels, weaving through agility poles, play wrestling with other dogs and using their minds when playing with puzzle toys.
Not only is exercise good for your dog’s health, it is necessary to prevent unwanted behaviors that occur when your dog is bored, stressed or frustrated. Barking, tail chasing, destroying things in the home or digging in the backyard are all behaviors your dog exhibits when they haven’t exercised enough, whether that be mental or physical exercise which are both as vital to your dogs health as each other. It also can lengthen the life of your dog if they exercise more because it helps their bones, ligaments, organs and respiratory system.
Many of us have incredibly busy schedules and it can hard to provide the attention that our dogs need. Working 8 hours or so a day means that we don’t have much time to spend with our dogs during their waking hours, and it also means that our dogs are left unattended with a lot of pent-up energy. Some dog owners find it hard to go away, holiday or have to say no to enjoying certain events with family and friends because they don’t want to leave their dog by themselves. Doggie day care provides the space where your dogs can play in a safe, supervised and controlled environment during business hours, which can allow you to enjoy after work activities without feeling guilty for leaving your dog at home for extended periods. It really is the perfect solution to ensuring your dog is as content as he could possibly be.
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While speaking to your dog in the same spoken language would be an ultimate dog owner’s dream, it’s not exactly a reality. But that doesn’t mean we can’t communicate or comprehend their language. There are mannerisms and actions that our dogs do which translate to certain connotations and some of us are not aware of the meanings.
Our beloved pooches often communicate to us without us even realising it, and understanding what specific behaviours translate to can give us very useful information. Is your dog yawning because he’s tired, or because he is uncomfortable? Are they urinating because they have a full bladder or because they are scared?
In order to understand the language of the dog, it is imperative that we realize how dogs interpret their own world and the methods that they use to communicate with both their own kind and others.
Here are some of the most common forms of body language of your dog and how you can identify what they are thinking.
Nervousness, stress or unappealing feelings
Yawning, lip licking and raspy sounding panting are some examples of your dog feeling stressed. Freezing of the body or tensing the jaw are signs that they are feeling defensive and in a state of flight or fight mode. Turning the head away completely or turning while maintaining eye contact means that your dog is showing appeasement. Urinating is often an example of a dog being incredibly stressed.
Showing of the teeth can be confusing as submissive smiling is often mistaken for aggression. Submissive smiling is not your dog presenting a warning sign; it is usually a way of your dog saying he doesn’t want to be fighting and just wants to be friendly. If your dog’s mouth is long, lips drawn back indicates they are feeling intimated and if their top lip is curled, showing teeth this is a sign that they are feeling threaten and stressed.
Lack of comfort
Sneezing is not always a sign that your dog has some dust up his nose. Sneezing, sniffing, yawning and pacing are all examples of when your dog is feeling uncomfortable. Many of us would have noticed when your dog shakes his whole body for seemingly no reason at all, but this is actually your dog releasing stress and tension, just as they would water off their backs.
A dog with a slightly open mouth with their tongue exposed, that falls to one side is a classic example of your dog feeling content & relaxed. Playing bow or turning over to show his belly is your dog showing that he trusts you and is excited for social contact.
A wagging tail is only an indication of arousal; it does NOT always mean the dog is friendly. The rate of movement can indicate degree of arousal and excitement. For example, a slight tail wag, each swing of small size = tentative, submissive signal. Broad tail wag that doesn’t involve the hips or lowered body posture = friendly gesture, not involving any dominance. A broad tail wag with wide swings that pulls the hips from side to side = happiness, sign of respect & mild submission. Whereby a slow tail wag with tail at a moderate to low position, is more a sign of indecision or confusion about what’s going on or what’s expected of the dog, rather than a social signal.
Some other signals are, a tail down and low signals the dog is relaxed. If their tail is horizontal (not stiff, raised) may move slightly, signals the dog is on alert. A dog’s tail held high & stiff is sign of it being threatening, dominate, and offensive. A tail down very low and tucked, with little or no movement is also a sign of a dog being threatening, defensive and reactive. However, the dog tail combined with other body language, can mean the tail low and tucked is a sign of feeling submissive & fearful. And a tail that is tucked and between the legs is showing signs of extreme fear and total submission.
Identifying these different types of body language are not just useful to understand what your dog is thinking, it can also help to protect you and your dog from situations and aid in training or identifying behaviour problems. When you are able to confidently understand the language of your dog, you can better predict their behaviour in different environments. Being prepared when taking your dog to the park and interacting with other dogs or identifying when they are potentially feeling discomfort, anxiousness or pain is an incredibly important method of ensuring your beloved dog is as content as they can possibly be.