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7 Tips for a Trouble-Free "Take Your Dog to Work Day"

Friday, June 24 is the 18th annual Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day®, a day when many businesses allow their employees to bring their dogs in to the office to highlight the joys of dog ownership and promote pet adoption. In honor of this special holiday, we’ve put together seven workplace “petiquette” tips for participating pet parents to help ensure everyone—dogs and humans alike—has a great day at the office together.


#1: Follow Company Rules

If your place of business has opened its doors to your fur buddy, there is most likely a pet policy already in place. Dog-friendly Amazon.com, for example, has a list of rules they expect their employees to follow if they want to bring their dogs to work. Make sure that you are aware of any office guidelines around pets on the premises before packing off for the day with your furry best friend in tow. 


#2: Keep Your “Cubies” in Mind

Your company may have given you the green light to bring in your dog, but many work areas are set up in an open style, and your cubicle mates may have allergies or other issues around dogs. Ask if any of your close coworkers have allergies or a fear of dogs, and if so, maybe you can work out mutually agreeable workspace plans for the day.


#3: Health & Safety

If you’ve fallen behind on your dog’s yearly checkups, go to the vet before you bring him to work. Your dog’s vaccinations should be up to date, and he must be clear of any parasites and potentially communicable diseases (like ringworm). If your dog is on medication, be sure to bring it along. Your dog’s safety is also hugely important, and this is new territory he’ll want to explore. Don’t forget to “dog proof” the office—take a look around and remove any potential hazards to your dog. That 100-foot paperclip chain you and your cube-mates have been working on may look strangely delicious to your pooch, and before you know it you’ll be back at the vet with an emergency on your hands.  


#4: Essential Supplies

Bring in bowls for food and water, as well as a supply of food. A leash or harness is a must, as is a collar with tags. Make sure you have a crate, bed, or some other designated area set aside for him so he’s able to have some downtime and relax after the excitement of greeting everyone. A good chew toy to keep him busy is a must, but avoid anything with a squeaker or other noisemaker. Treats to reward good behavior are also a great idea. Also, it’s a good idea to have some cleaning supplies at the ready in case of accidents.


#5: Keep It Clean!

Speaking of cleaning supplies, be sure to keep your office and the surrounding area clean and fresh throughout the day. You’ll be taking your dog out on your breaks, so have plastic bags handy to pick up after him. The night before, groom your dog to help prevent excess shedding around the office, and if you are using a blanket or bedding in his crate, wash it to keep it smelling fresh. While at work, make sure not to leave his food bowl out for extended periods—it may start to stink up the place—and place a waterproof mat under his drinking bowl to avoid soaking the floor.


#6: Good Manners

One of the most important points on this list is good manners: Your dog should be trained in the basics and generally well-behaved. That means following the “sit” and “stay” commands, refraining from jumping up on your coworkers, and not being disruptive to the workplace. If he’s barky (for some breeds, it’s just in their nature), teach the “quiet” command. He will probably be on a leash much of the time, so he should know how to walk nicely on it. If your dog is not housetrained, you may not want to bring him in to the office—get him on a training program, and it will give you both something to shoot for next year!


#7: Behave Yourselves!

Some dogs have serious behavioral issues. While this doesn’t make them bad dogs, it does present extra challenges. If your dog is extremely fearful or overly aggressive, leave him home—neither of you need the extra stress. It may be disappointing to not be able to participate in the annual “dog day” at the office, but try to think about what’s best for your coworkers and for your dog. This isn’t just about “petiquette”—it’s about safety. And again, if you get him on a training program now, you can both work toward a successful Take Your Dog To Work Day 2017!


Share Your Take Your Dog To Work Day Photos!

If you and your company are participating this year, we’d love to see your Take Your Dog To Work Day photos! Take some snapshots of your own furry coworker-for-a-day and share them on our Facebook page here. We can’t wait to see all those eager pooches trading their mailman-chasing stories by the water cooler!


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