8 BEST DOG BREEDS FOR OWNERS WHO WORK FROM HOME

Source: CountryLiving (Extract)
Posted:  January 6, 2021

Plus tips on how to get along together during the day.

While every dog loves quality time with its owner, there are some breeds that are better suited to owners who work from home than others. As we know, working from home became an increasingly common scenario in 2020 and will continue into the new year, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The pandemic, and long periods of lockdown, have also prompted a surge in puppy popularity so, for those looking for a work-from-home-companion, it’s more important than ever that they choose the right breed and make sure they can continue to look after it once this ‘stay at home’ period has ended.

“Each dog’s behaviour certainly depends on its training, socialisation and individual personality,” Bill Lambert, Head of Health and Welfare at The Kennel Club, tells Country Living.

“But some pedigree breeds are known for having higher activity levels and may want to run around with their humans and expend a lot of energy. Others, however, can happily enjoy time at home with a walk to break up the day.”

From Whippets to Greyhounds, take a look at the best dog breeds for owners who work from home…

1. WHIPPET

“Despite their lean appearance, Whippets are happy to just chill out after enjoying their daily exercise. They are adaptable and gentle dogs that often enjoy simply spending time with their owners.”

2. TIBETAN SPANIEL

“Tibetan Spaniels enjoy spending downtime with their owners, whether that means watching them at work or sharing a cuddle! They are intelligent, as well as affectionate and loyal to their owners.”

3. CHIHUAHUA

“The smallest breed in the world is also known for having a big heart and tend to show endless to their owners. Chihuahuas are lively and intelligent, enjoying their daily walks followed by spending time at home, snuggled up by their owner’s side.”

4. BASENJI

Bills says: “This African breed is known for their quiet temperament and lack of bark, instead expressing themselves with a specific sound. They are independent and intelligent dogs who love to show their owners’ affection but do not need permanent attention.”

5. SALUKI

“Salukis are elegant and light-footed hounds originating from the Middle East. They are known for their independence and quiet temperament,” adds Bill.

6. GREYHOUND

“Greyhounds are known to be calm family dogs due to their affectionate, mellow and docile nature. They are generally quiet and calm dogs that enjoy sleeping throughout the day after a long walk.”

7. SMOOTH COLLIE

“Smooth Collies are agile and active dogs that excel in canine sports like agility. They tend to have seemingly endless energy that they love to burn out on long walks,” Bill tell us.

8. DALMATIAN

“Best known for their distinctive spotted coat, Dalmatians are strong and active dogs. They are often very friendly and enjoy explorative long walks on which they can make new dog and human friends. Dalmatians can be hard to tire out and are a great choice for owners that enjoy hiking or long walks.”

Tips on working from home with your dog

Nathalie Ingham, Canine Behaviour and Training Manager at Battersea, tells Country Living UK: “I’m sure any dog would love to have their owner around more often, so living with someone who works from home can provide them with a level of comfort. However, owners who are caring for a dog while working must factor in breaks in their routine, to give their dog some one-on-one time.”

“In a world where people’s lifestyles are busier than ever before, many dogs end up staying on their own for long periods – which can lead to them becoming bored and anxious. If you’re in the fortunate position of working from home, with a flexible schedule, you could be in an ideal position to get a dog – as you’ll be able to help settle your dog into a routine and teach them to slowly cope by themselves.”

  1. Take regular breaks

“While you’re working, you won’t be able to give your dog the attention they need. It’s important your dog learns to entertain themselves, but they also need some quality time with you. Make sure you take some one-on-one time with your dog, to take them for a quick walk, play with or just cuddle for a few minutes on the sofa,” explains Nathalie.

  1. Give them space

“Try and set up a separate area to where you work for your dog to have as their own. Teach then to settle by themselves so they don’t distract you,” continues Nathalie.

  1. Keep them busy

Dogs can become bored quickly and will come to you for attention – distracting you from your work. To keep your dog occupied, give them some toys or a food puzzle to focus on,” says Nathalie.

  1. If you have visitors, make sure your dog has a safe space

“If you’re working from home, you may find you have a lot of strangers coming over – this could be anyone from the postman to associates. If you’re expecting visitors, make sure your dog has a safe space where they can take themselves away, in case they’re not feeling social. Make sure you always reward them for social calm behaviours and heading off to their safe space,” explains Nathalie.

  1. Make sure you plan your time away

“There may be times when you must work away from home and it’s important that your dog has everything they need, even if you’re not there. Ask a friend, or reputable local dog walker to look after your dog while you’re away,” says Nathalie.

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