I loooove my dog. Her health and safety are pretty much my biggest concerns in the world. But some days, when I’m working from home, she can be my biggest productivity enemy! Sitting in the same vicinity usually means I have to continually be petting her, while trying to get things done with my one free hand. And I know I’m not the only one who suffers from DUIYGS (Dog Up In Your Grill Syndrome). Here are my solutions for keeping Lady preoccupied so I can get the things done!
1. Give her a bone to work on
Sometimes I think part of her wanting attention is that she’s bored. So I give her a Himalayan Dog Chew that keeps her entertained for awhile, and works out any chewing urges she may have.
2. Have her work on her sit-stays.
Lady went through training about a month ago and one thing we worked on for her was sit-stays – having her stay in one spot for an extended amount of time, to help her overcome distracted behavior and gain a bit of patience. This one I can typically only do for about 45 minutes, but it’s a win-win, because I get work done, and she practices patience.
3. Take her on a long walk.
This is really to help tired her out so that when she gets home, she’s more likely to sleep than need my attention. And let’s be honest, this is great for getting some fresh air instead of sitting in front of a computer for hours at a time.
4. Give her a filled Kong.
Along the same lines as the first option, Kong treats are a quieter option than a bone, and if frozen overnight, can take a dog a very long time to get through.
5. Spend 20 minutes working on obedience drills.
Dogs use just as much energy on mental exercises as they do physical ones. I’ll work Lady through some sits, downs, comes, etc., to release some of the energy, especially now that it’s getting colder here in Chicago and we’re trapped inside more often than not.
6. Leave and go to a coffee shop!
Sometimes, when all else fails, I just need to get out of the house. It’s a nearly foolproof way of making sure I’m in a productive setting.
That’s it! Those are my main tricks for overcoming DUIYGS. And now, one last pic of my dog:
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