Work From Home Pets

Working From Home with Dogs – Potty Tips for Work from Home Dog Owners

2020 is seeing millions of people working from home as a result of the Coronavirus. This is fantastic news for pets who no longer have to stay at home alone. However, being a work from home dog owner isn’t always plain sailing.

Being a Work from Home Dog Owner Isn’t Just About Constant Cuddles

One of the benefits of working from home rests with the fact that you and your furry best friend get to spend hours of extra time together. However, working from home when you are a dog owner can have a few challenges.

Recently, a UK dachshund made headlines after being so excited to have his family around 24/7, that he sprained his tail by wagging it so much.

Tales like this are adorable to the extreme. However, they also highlight why it is so important to take care when easing pets into new routines.

Work from Home Dog Owners and Pet Communication Problems

You see it every day. The minute you wake up in the morning or return from work, your pet pooch becomes a flurry of excitement. However, this isn’t just because they love you so much.

Most dogs are body language experts. As a result, dogs learn to associate our actions throughout the day with things they expect to happen next.

If you are in the kitchen, your pooch might assume that it is meal or treat time. Other body language cues let pets know when it is time for things like walks. This being the case, suddenly starting to work from home can cause some major body language confusion.

Let’s Talk Potty

Does your dog appear to become restless every time you get up from your desk to grab a coffee refill? If so, they may be guessing that it is walk time or time to go to the park.

Sadly, when dogs do think that it is time for a walk, they usually also think that it’s time to go potty. This can be a problem in smaller breeds, puppies, and older dogs, who don’t have the best bladder control.

If you have a yard, letting dogs out more frequently when they seem restless is an easy way to prevent mishaps. However, if you live in an apartment, things can get more complicated.

How a Porch Potty Can Make Life Easier

It’s not just work from home dog owners who have to deal with this. Older dogs and dogs that suffer from separation anxiety also often find it difficult to exercise optimum bladder control. Thankfully, there is a solution.

At Porch Potty, we make stylish, pet-safe, original grass litter box for dogs. These can be set up indoors, on apartment balconies, or on outdoor decks. As a result, work from home dog owners can let their dogs go potty whenever they like.

The best part? Making use of a Porch Potty allows you to stay focused on getting work done—not last-minute walks.

Pets Love Porch Potty and So Will You

Are you finding it difficult to ease pets into your new work from home routine? If you are in self-isolation or quarantine because of the Coronavirus, dog potty problems might be a problem you’re just now experiencing. A Porch Potty, though, can help remedy these. Find out more now by clicking here.

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House Training an Adult Dog During Covid-19 Quarantine

Is training an adult dog to go potty indoors possible? If you are a dog owner affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, you might have no other option.

Sadly, keeping dogs indoors for long periods can cause them major stress. Here, we’ll, therefore, look at ways to make life easier for furry companions during the current crisis.

How to Start House Training an Adult Dog to Go Potty Inside

Are you under quarantine or in self-isolation? If so, it might no longer be possible to take your dog to the park or on long walks. If this is the case, it is important to let pets know quickly where they can relieve themselves.

Most of us train dogs from day one that going potty inside is a major no-no. For this reason, dogs will experience a high level of stress when you restrict walks and outdoor access.

To stop companion animals from experiencing unnecessary stress, quickly set up a place where they can go potty. Once you have done this, try and retain something like your normal routine.

  • Start house training an adult dog to go potty inside by setting up a puppy potty grass pad in a spare room or on an apartment balcony.
  • Sometimes, older dogs that are house trained will have a spot indoors where they go when they have accidents. If your dog occasionally has accidents in a specific place, make this your pet potty area.
  • If possible, try to stick to your old walking routine. Leash dogs at the same time you would usually, then walk them to their new potty area.
  • Always try to use a for-purpose puppy potty like our own Porch Potty that uses synthetic grass. This lets dogs know that this is their indoor equivalent of an outdoor potty space.

When house training an older dog to go potty inside, remember also to give treats whenever they are successful.

Indoor Exercise and Play Tips

There will be a few mishaps at the start. However, house training an adult dog to go potty inside is possible. Just remember that large dogs will require a large indoor dog toilet area that matches their size.

Sadly, dogs don’t just go outside to go potty. Walks also stimulate the senses and are vital for the mental well being of pets. This being the case, now is the time to set aside lots of pet playtime.

  • Think about how long you typically walk your pets for under normal circumstances. Ideally, this is the minimum amount of time you need to devote to play.
  • Buy some new toys and remember that the more squeaky and chew-able these are, the more fun pets will have.
  • Consider scenting toys with herbs line anise (though not star anise), and treats like peanut butter. This will inject even more fun into playtime.  

When thinking about play, remember also that smaller spaces can seem claustrophobic for many dogs. During periods of Covid-19 isolation, it can, therefore, be a good idea to rearrange furniture to create more open indoor play areas.

Remember to Get Lots of Natural Light and Air

Is where you live in Covid-19 lockdown? If so, remember that it is still important to get as much natural light and fresh air as possible.

Natural light and fresh air are hugely important for both pet and human mental well being. This being the case, remember to open shades and windows regularly. Even better, get out in the garden if you have one.

Remember – House Training an Older Dog Always Requires Patience

Using a Porch Potty is a fantastic way to get pets to go potty inside. Sadly, training will still be stressful for some older dogs.

If you are in self-isolation or Covid-19 quarantine, remember not to raise your voice or appear to get angry when pets go potty in the wrong place. Reprimanding pets will only reinforce the idea that going potty indoors is against house rules. Remember too that even if you are not in self-isolation yet, you may be soon. This being the case, consider starting to invest in a few extra toys and pet potty accessories sooner rather than later.

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Walking Your Dog in the Rain

Dog care when taking your pup for a walk in the rain

It’s that time of day, and your faithful pup is nudging the newspaper out of your hand and handing you its leash. It is a rather clichéd situation, but every dog owner understands the importance of getting out and giving their dog plenty of opportunity to stretch all four of their legs.

But, what happens when weather isn’t too kind? You open up the door, and everything is getting wet. The rain can seem like a downer for your outdoor plans – still, there’s the need to potty that requires someone to get their paws wet.

Does your dog like to get wet? Some dogs do enjoy drizzle while others dread the fact that something keeps falling on them. Regardless of how they feel about the rain, the outcome always seems to be a stinky dog. Even the smallest amount of rain seems to bring out a rather pungent odor, and it’s even worse when they come back in and rub themselves on the carpet to dry off (or shake it off!).

So, in preparation for what is and what might be, always be sure to check what the weather is going to be like. What’s the temperature outside? Is there going to be a cold drizzle today? Dogs are like people. A cold drizzle could land them with an illness or make them feel a little under the weather. In order to keep your pup safe and happy, there are a few things to consider when it comes to walking your dog when it’s raining.

Picking a good location

The environment itself will play a part in the experience. While it might be raining, there will be places that provide a more secure area for walking than others. Avoid muddy locations. Some dogs actually like to get wet, but there are some that also enjoy rolling around in the mud. Avoid grassy areas. Grass has more surface area and that type of environment will actually get your dog wetter than a pathway or sidewalk.

Stick to pathways that aren’t immediately adjacent to roads. Passing cars can splash road-water on you and your dog, and in bad weather, visibility is decreased significantly. Accidents do happen, and it’s always best to take precautions and avoid any unnecessary situations altogether.

One thing to remember always – don’t walk your dog at night when it’s raining. It poses too many unnecessary dangers. If you do have to go out on a rainy night, (midnight potty time) carry a reliable flashlight and keep it on.

Wearing the right stuff

It is, therefore, important that you dress your pup to handle the outdoor experience. The main objective is to keep your pet covered. Pet rain coats are available through many companies; just make sure that the material and fitting is comfortable for your dog. Select one that covers their head but does not restrict their vision so that they aren’t wrestling with the attire.

There are rain boots available, but most dogs wouldn’t enjoy these (they’ll just try to take them off). Be sure that all clothes are bright and flashy so that others can spot your dog in the falling rain. If your choice outfit doesn’t seem bright enough, reflective tape can help vehicles and pedestrians to spot your dog more easily (especially if they’re a tiny breed).

Keep a few things on hand

There are a few things that you need for yourself, as well. While a rain coat and hat might suffice for you normally, an umbrella will help deal with the majority of the precipitation.  Plus, an umbrella will help improve your visibility, and says clearly: “Hey, I’m right here.”

Additionally, it’s good practice to carry a towel with you, especially for that moment right before you go back inside. With rain attire or not, your pup is bound to have some moisture on them. Dry them off before you set them loose in the home. This will help keep that pungent smell down and probably be more comfortable for your pup than air drying.

Going for a walk in the rain can be an adventure, and as long as you prepare for it properly, you can ensure the safety of both you and your pup. With the correct attire and a little cover, you can keep the falling precipitation from hindering your daily exercise activities.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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