Whether you work from home on a regular basis or you are simply trying to catch up with some paperwork on the weekends, it can be incredibly distracting if your dog is trying to get your attention as you chip away at the tasks at hand. Sometimes it’s warranted – like if they need to go to the bathroom or if they need some water – but sometimes it’s born out of a behavior pattern that could use a little curbing. Whatever scenario you find yourself in don’t worry, because there are things you can do to please your dog so that you can get back to your much-needed productive hours.
If your dog’s behavior is getting in the way of your productivity as a result of how they’ve been trained, then you must first look inside yourself to reflect on why the dog thought it was OK to behave that way in the first place. Have you rewarded them for this behavior as they were growing up? Have you neglected to tell them that behaving like this is not OK?
The precise steps that you’ll take to remedy their behavioral actions are likely to vary quite a bit depending on the exact problems you’re experiencing. If they are running around the house, scratching furniture, or breaking your personal items, for example, this could be a cry out for the attention of sorts. Perhaps you are not giving your dog enough of your time when you’re not working, so they don’t really understand the difference between when you are busy and when you have time to interact.
Obviously, the solution in this situation is something that will take some time on your part, but to really make a change you’re going to have to be the leader in the relationship and spend extra time with them on a daily basis. It will be up to you to teach them what is and what is not OK.
On the other hand, if your dog is simply barking at passer-byes or hanging around at your feet, it might be the case that they are simply bored. You could try giving them some new toys to play with, or even having them wear a bark collar if you’re not opposed to the idea. They can be highly effective for teaching your dog when it is OK to bark and when it is not.
The more common reason that a dog might be causing a distraction is that they are in need of your help in one way or another. It might be that their water bowl is dirty or that it’s time for them to eat, or perhaps their favorite toy has been unfortunately lodged under the sofa just out of your poor dog’s reach. If the behavior is a bit out of the ordinary, the solution is probably rather simple as opposed to the more complex situations discussed above.
Many times you might be surprised at just how easy the solution to your dog’s problem may be. It’s important to be sensitive to their needs and make sure that you’ve provided all that you can for them. If it turns out that you may have a more deep-rooted problem on your hands, then it’s probably time to think a bit more about dog training, and how you can best spend more time with your pet to help teach them what is acceptable behavior and what is not.