Dogs as Coworkers

In the new work from home norm with the concerns and social distancing caused by COVID-19 (the coronavirus) people have found new coworkers while working from home which is their pets. Many of which crave human attention and whenever it finds their owner or dog parent is at home, it would stick with them and try to remain in their company for as much time as possible. So, even if people are missing their coworkers, still they have found new coworkers in the face of their pets (or furry four-legged family members).

People are flooding social media with the pictures, videos, and stories of their dog coworkers while enjoying some pitfalls and hilarious moments. You can enjoy the company of your coworkers which would give you some satisfaction and condolence in times of stress.

World Health Organization has confirmed that the virus does not spread from dogs to humans, so it increases their ability to be even a trustier coworker tenfold.  They are:

  • Source of relaxation: Dogs can serve as your source of relaxation and stress relief while keeping you energetic and constantly in a good frame of mind.  There might be a downfall if dogs interrupt you too much but for this purpose, you may leave them in a separate room when you need to entirely focus on your work.
  • Errand pets: They can also help by running errands while you focus on your work. These errands might be to fetch newspapers or letters or even pencils and supplies from your in-house supply center.
  • Making work joyful: Remote work or work from home (WFH) is new to many.  Dogs can be your constant reminder at home to take some breaks, enjoy and be grateful for the little things.  And, no doubt there will be some fun stories and adventures you’ll have with them as you work from home. We would love to see those shared on our Facebook page, too!  

Your best friend can now be your best coworker especially if you take the time to slow down and enjoy the little things that bring them great joy!

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Keeping Your Dog Safe During the Holidays

As much as the holiday seasons are a breath of fresh air from work, school and routine life, you must admit it does get a little tough sometimes when it’s the Christmas holidays. If you live in total isolation you might be fine, but if you have even the tiniest family to cater for you’ll see there are so many things to check off your to-do list. Now, when it al swoops in, it’s going to be tougher to keep an eye out for your dog’s safety for obvious reasons. Hence, I was moved to make this guide (or tips if you like) to be a personal reminder for you. Here we go:

DEALING WITH GUESTS

If you are going to have a few guests around the home during the holidays, which is more likely than not, do well to secure your dog from the crowd. Small dogs can easily get trampled upon when there is a crowd of jolly people. For the sake of your guests, you don’t want your dog getting anxious around that many people and snapping or attacking. The better option is often to keep your dog away from the guests than letting it roam freely.

Also, it’s quite easy with all of the merry making that your dog could slip through the door or a guest could leave a door or patio door open which could be very tempting to a curious four-legged family member!

There is also the danger that those guests could think it’s a good idea to slip your pup a bit of food or even drink!  And, even the most well-intentioned guest might give them something that could be a choking hazard.

This is by no means a call to abandon your little guy when you have guests. Do check on your dog from time to time to see how the little chap is doing. Keep him on an easy latch surrounded with safe toys. One more thing, keep all gates closed and locked.

DECORATIONS

Small ornaments, garland, tinsel, bells, and ornament hooks can be choking hazards and very dangerous for your dog.  Be on the look out for those hooks that can get left around the base of the tree and also look for any places that those curious noses might get tangled up in, too.

If you have a live tree, be vigilant about cleaning up those pine needles and watch the water the tree is sitting in.  Often the mixture to keep the tree moist, can be tempting for you dog to taste and cause them to be very sick.

EATING HABITS

There are going to be a bunch of items turning up where you don’t want them during the holidays. Dogs are chewers and will require no second invitation to get every piece of item that looks like their food o r toy into their mouth. It is sadly a very swift setup to get your dog chewing and even swallowing items like metal hooks, decoration ornaments, or plants like the Poinsettias that would hurt them. It is recommended that you apply a little prudence with decorations around your dog. You may suspend them at a higher altitude from your dog’s reach.

They can’t have human food too many times either. It can be tough turning down your dog when s/he looks on as you enjoy some holiday food but be strong. Some human foods are not very healthy for your dog’s consumption. If you have no idea how a meal makes your dog feel, just don’t, okay?

HOME ALONE

If the holidays have you traveling and there’s no way to bring your little furry family member with you, then be sure to have someone responsible to watch them.  Often this doesn’t mean your neighbor’s kid unless they are already old enough, responsible enough, and have a relationship with your dog.  Being left with someone they don’t know, can be very scary for your dog and can be an overwhelming responsibility to someone not familiar with the proper care, feeding, and personality of your dog.

Never leave them home alone or without someone to check-in on them (and that’s only for short periods of time you might bring in a trusted dog sitter).

And, remember, the holidays is all about family and your four-legged family member IS a part of your family.  If you can bring them along, do! Many airlines have options for smaller breeds and now there are more dog friendly hotels that will allow you to have your dog with you for a fee.

And, it’s worth it!

Nothing’s more satisfying then to spend your holidays surrounded  by all your family members!

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Items That You Need to Keep Away

Safe home tips for dog owners
Safe home tips for dog owners

Dogs are astoundingly curious, just like small children. When they see something new, then it’s time to investigate. When you bring groceries home, they have to inspect them (probably just looking for a new toy you brought home for them). But for the most part, dogs love to get into things- even when they know they’re not supposed to (think trash can).

Needless to say, it’s important that any dog owner understand that there are certain things (besides the couch cushions) that they need to make sure are off-limits to their pooch. Some can be dangerous and others can be deadly. Just be sure that these items aren’t just out of puppy reach, but that neither you nor any guests can give them to your dog either.

Medicine

Human medicine is specifically designed for the human body. We weigh differently, our body temperatures are different, and even the way our bodies operate are different. Certain medications, such as ibuprofen, Tylenol, and even allergy medications that are over the counter should be off-limits to your pup. There are specific medicines for your dog to address swelling, allergies, and even pain, and should be the only things that your pup ingests. But even these should be kept out of reach, especially since dogs don’t realize what they’re ingesting.

Snacks

Grapes, raisins, and especially wine are amongst the most toxic for dogs. These summertime favorites are great for countertop snacks and can even roll around when dropped (getting into those hard to reach or out of sight places), leaving them available for your dog to snack on later. While they’re good for humans, take precautions to ensure that any grape-based food product is kept away from your pup’s belly.

Another tabletop item is the sugar substitutes that include xylitol. While not everyone will have these readily available, a few loose packets can land on the floor and every pup owner knows how quickly a dog becomes a vacuum cleaner in these situations.

Chocolate has always had a bad rap when it comes to our four-legged friends (both feline and canine), and it’s justly so. There are chemicals within chocolate (the ones that make us feel good) that a dog’s body can’t process effectively like the human body can. Even in small amounts, chocolate can induce toxicity and leave your pup with the need to potty more than often. In large enough doses (or certain chocolates like semi-sweet or baker’s), chocolate can be a deadly mix for your dog.

Party time- but not for your dog

While it may seem okay to some for their dogs to drink, there are serious side effects to remember before you slip a little eggnog in your pup’s bowl. A dog’s kidneys do not have the capacity that a human’s does, and the result is that alcohol can quickly cause them to shut down. Do your dog a favor and don’t let them drink, even if you think they’re “of age.”

Charged and dangerous

Leaving batteries around is a big no-no. Not only does the packaging inform you that they’re toxic, but also that they shouldn’t be opened, crushed, or destroyed in any way. Now consider what your dog’s going to do when they find something new laying around- they’re going to chew on it. Dispose of your old batteries properly and store your good ones up and far away from your dog’s reach. This goes for flashlights as well.

Decorating

Decorating your home is something everyone does in some way. For some, its paintings, while others enjoy a little greenery. Before you start planting a few greens around the home or even in the yard, consider that lilies are actually poisonous to dogs. Dogs naturally enjoy eating grass or even a few leaves off bushes, and when there’s a plant around (lilies are naturally sweet), a dog might find it an irresistible snack. If you like lilies, it’s going to be safer for your pooch if you invest in a synthetic solution (plus you won’t have to water it).

As a dog owner, be aware of the common dangers that are lying around your home. While we might know better than to do things that are dangerous, your pup doesn’t always have the same reasoning or experience that you do. Keep your dog safe so that you both can enjoy this holiday season.

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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