On Friday, June 22, dog owners around the country will be bringing their canine companions to the office for “Take Your Dog to Work Day.” Studies have shown that pets in the workplace create a more productive environment, lower stress, and actually decrease employee absenteeism. In addition to the calming effects dogs have on people, taking your pup to work can help with his socialization by introducing him to new faces, smells, and environments. To ensure that your four-legged friend is ready for his office debut, here are some tips to make the day as seamless as possible.
- Ask questions: Talk to your co-workers before you bring in your dog. Ask if anyone is allergic or uncomfortable around them. The last thing you want to do is make your colleagues feel uneasy in their space.
- Survey the scene: Make sure to pet-proof your area before your dog arrives. Keep all cabinets, drawers, and trash cans closed or out of reach. Remove anything smaller than a tennis ball, items with sharp edges, or potential choking hazards. Cover exposed electrical outlets and wires to prevent your dog from chewing on them.
- Good dog: Your canine companion should be on his best behavior in the office. Don’t bring him in if he’s uncomfortable around strangers. The experience could be incredibly stressful for him. A dog that enjoys extra attention and isn’t bothered by strange noises is better suited for an office environment.
- Health: If you would stay home from work because of an illness, so should your dog. Don’t bring him in if he isn’t acting like his normal self. You should also make sure that all of his vaccinations are up-to-date.
- Dress to impress: You want your pup to make a good first impression, and he will if he’s clean, groomed, and well-behaved. A dirty dog might trigger complaints from co-workers.
- Bring the necessities: Don’t forget to pack a water bowl, food, poop bags, and a leash in your office go-bag. Your dog will be looking for entertainment during an eight-hour day, so consider bringing quiet chew toys for him to play with when you need to get some work done.