Dogs Increase Productivity

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by jtclough on August 23, 2010

With all the distractions life brings these days, productivity seems to be one that is escaping the center of our focus.  Who knew that getting back to the basics of a very easy relationship could be the answer to finding your productivity on course again?  Come to find out that relationship is one you’ll really like… it’s with your dog.

The article Manager’s Best Friend finds some interesting points as to why people tend to become more productive when there is a dog around.  As a professional dog trainer who watches the differences that happen when one becomes comfortable teaching their dog, I have many more reasons and tips as to how you can use your dog to help with your productivity.

If you can bring your dog to work you’ll find the collaboration points of interest a nice way to become more productive.  However, many don’t have the opportunity to work in a dog friendly environment and for those there are options that may not have occurred to you off the top of your head.

Dogs do have a way of making friends and collaborators even out of the most unlikely of candidates.  This video shows some very unlikely animal collaboration, but believe me, I have scene it happen to the most unlikely of human candidates as well.  After all, can’t we all just get along?  Bringing your dog along can be a huge ice breaker!

Ways to Become More Productive with Your Dog

The very first option to look at is the fact that your dog provides the perfect opportunity for you to get out and get fit.  If you can’t take your dog to work with you consider getting up a tad bit earlier and starting a walking or running routine with your dog at least 5 days a week.

It may seem like such a trite thing to say, but again, with all due respect of real life observation, I have scene many change their whole attitude about fitting this one into the productivity quotient because the dog loves walking or running so much the idea of not doing it feels worse than to get up, get out the door and enjoy some fresh air and exercise together.

Following Through or Finishing the Task

This is one that replaces thinking about how you “should be” finishing projects or even starting them and leads you instead to getting it done with the dog as measure to success.  It is easy to see when your dog can start chilling out and parking it on that nice office bed for hours at a time without knocking over your coffee or eating your Clifbar.

This kind of habit forming resolve to follow through comes of course once you decide to make your dog your best friend, training partner, and collaborator.  Sometimes it does take a bit of diligence when it comes to training your dog to live in our urban world.  But then again, because of that wag and the unconditional love, it is much easier to jump in and help out while in the learning process consistently with your dog than it is for ourselves for the most part.

Teaching your dog to sit with all kinds of noises and action around for example is really the beginning of a good solid long stay.   Apply that concept to your dog and it becomes easy for the both of you, everyone is wagging, you get a well trained dog and …. WhahLa… the concept can be applied to anything else you need to accomplish in your work life or your personal life as well.  It is the result of following through.

Dogs Pick Up On Emotion Before Anything Else

Here’s the big tip of the day.  So do you.  That is pick up on emotion before anything else.  Whether you are working or living your personal life the energy that is around you effects all that you do and think about.  In Dogs, Marriage, MultiMedia Experiment it becomes clear why this is true.

Dog walking = Good deed.  Yep, that is how people see it and because it is scene that way it feels that way.  Now that is worth doing every day because under this thought process, which happens naturally, you will get more done and be happier about it.

Give it a try.

But My Dog’s a Little Out of Control

Whoops.  Could it be that everything feels that way?  That’s okay.  The time to get a handle on it is now.  Those that aren’t afraid to ask for help from someone that knows how to do it better than themselves win!

If you have been wishing you could take your dog with you, or spend more time with your dog but feel like things are somewhat out of control in a certain area there is help that can get you on the right path quickly.  Get some Pro Dog Coaching and you’ll be off to a more productive happier existence in no time!

Do you take your dog to work?  Do you workout with your dog?  What is your favorite activity with your dog?  Do any of these things actually make you feel more productive?  Leave a comment.  Dog people want to know!

And RT this to all your friends as well.  Get productive and fit while hanging out with your dog.

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1 Steve@Bark-In-Style August 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

I really liked your post. I think you’re sharing a pretty interesting point of view when you say that people are more productive when there’s a dog around.

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2 Deb August 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Absolutely love the video! I also agree that dogs do help productivity and they’re good at making you take those necessary computer breaks to give the ball or bone a toss too…
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3 K9 Coach September 1, 2010 at 9:39 am

Dogs are so stoked for a few moments of your time. It matters. I think it transfers to your productivity. A few moments of your time while focused on anything makes the biggest difference in the world.

Even better when you feel like wagging while doing it just because!
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4 Dog Walking September 17, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Really a great post. I got some information that i was searching.
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5 Lynn November 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

What a great post. It’s always good to know that I can find valuable information regarding our pets on this blog! 🙂

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