Take Your Dog To Work Day is June 22 and many employers will open the doors to allow staffers to bring in their furry family members to the office. If you’re going to have the opportunity to take Fido or Fifi to the office with you, have you asked yourself, “Is my dog ready to go to work?”
We’re not thinking about whether he has the attire for the office, we’re thinking about whether he has the etiquette needed to be a great co-worker.
Here are some tips to help you assess whether your dog is office-ready or whether he’d be happier at home relaxing on the couch until you return.
Is he friendly with other dogs? If your workplace is going to allow everyone to bring his or her dog to work, will your dog play nicely with others? If your dog is reactive to other dogs, it may be best for you -- and him -- to leave him home. Show off photos of your beloved pup on your computer screen or smartphone instead.
Is she house-trained? If you just adopted a puppy and she isn’t house-trained, it may be best to leave her home. You don’t want to be the office worker who spends his entire day cleaning up puppy messes, do you? Even with a house-trained dog, you need to know:
- Is there a grassy space available for him to do his business
- Will you need to take her down an elevator to get out-of-doors and is she comfortable on an elevator
- Are you planning to be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your dog? The answer to this needs to be a resounding, “yes!” Bring some poo bags with you!
Is your dog a barker? If your dog barks at the wind blowing out the window, will he bark at co-workers and the unfamiliar noises in the office? This is not conducive to getting work done and won’t endear you to your co-workers. You need to know your pup well enough to know whether being in the office is something that will make him happy because he’s spending the day with you or if he will be miserable with all of the unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells.
If you’re taking your dog to work with you, here are some must-takes so the day is a success.
- A water bowl
- A blanket or bed
- A leash and harness
- A favorite toy
- A car safety harness to wear on the way to and from work
Take along a few treats for your dog, but unless he normally receives a meal during the day, leave the food at home. If he’s already nervous, eating may make him vomit -- no one wants that!
Have a back-up plan. If it isn’t working out for your dog to be in the office -- he’s barking, biting and/or causing fights you need to have a back-up plan to get him back home. Can you leave work and take him there? Do you have a friend or family member who can come pick him up? Will your boss let you leave to do this?
There are a lot of considerations for taking your dog to work. We know everyone wants to show off their beautiful pup, but make sure your dog is “office ready” if you’re taking him with you!
What are your best Take Your Dog To Work Day tips?