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How to Work From Home with Pets

written by Elyse Berman, CRS
Boca Raton, FL      elyse@elyseberman.com   
Mar 19, 2021

Let's face it - your pets love having you at home. This year has probably been a dream for them. Some of us may have worked from home before 2020, but technology it has allowed many more of us to do so now. And in doing so, to be there with our pets pretty much 24/7.

Just as you have your space, your pets need their space, too. Whether it's having a pet bed or two in your office or hanging out on the couch while you're working, this space earmarked for them is perfect for their down time. This way they're with the human they love and that makes you and them happy. As I write this, my dogs are in their respective spots in my offices, one in a bed and the other lying next to the sofa. She has a bed and blankets, but she prefers the floor next to the sofa. I've stopped trying to figure out why. If she's happy there, I'm happy.

Before starting to work, make sure your fur babies are taken care of. This is pretty obvious and I'm sure you know, but walking, feeding and cleaning water bowls so they can settle down for a nap. I have a couple of seniors, so we also do medicine and eye drops for one. Then they'll settle down and sleep. And I can work. If you have a younger dog, this make take a bit more imagination. Gather some toys together (preferably quiet ones!) and some chewing toys. Bully sticks and Kongs seem to work well around here. You know your pets. Whatever will keep them safe, happy and, hopefully quiet, while you're working is good.

Zoom calls or Facetime can be a bit more challenging if you have a barker. It's easy to mute yourself in a Zoom meeting so no one is likely to hear if your doorbell rings, a very distinct possibility with all the deliveries we get today. One-to-one meetings are more difficult. Whether by Facetime, Zoom or whatever platform you're using, if you're in a private meeting and your dog starts to bark, there isn't much you can do. Apologize and pray they're dog lovers! I also keep a small water bottle nearby. Thankfully, I don't have to use it because as soon as I lift it, the dog gets quiet.

Working at home has become the new norm for many of us. Who knows? It may stay that way. I know that many people have gotten closer to their pets this past year thanks to all the time they've had together. Many people adopted pets this year. And that's great. You and your pets can coexist while you work from home. It may take a bit of trial and error, but it definitely can be done.

Now, let’s get to work!

Elyse Berman, PA, CRS is a Pet-Friendly REALTOR® who has been helping people buy and sell homes for the past 16-plus years. She serves Palm Beach County, Florida.  Check out her blog.

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