Take Your Dog to Work Day: Tips to Keep it Enjoyable

man working at computer with dog on his lap

 

June 23 is Take your Dog to Work Day and if there’s one thing that can make a work day better, it’s dogs in the office. There’s just something about seeing their sweet, fluffy faces walking the halls that makes work feel more like home. While most employers don’t  allow dogs in the office daily, there is one day that may possibly be the exception, and that’s Friday, June 23. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that your workplace is willing to pawticipate and allow some canines in the cubicles for a day.

But events like this shouldn’t go without planning; here are a few suggestions for making today fun for everyone involved.

  1. Dogs need something to do. Sure they’ll have new pups to sniff and people to meet but once the newness wears off you should have something to occupy their time so they don’t become a nuisance to your neighbors. Maybe a chew toy, interactive treater stuffed with Pro-Treats, or even their crate if that’s where they’re calm and comfortable.
  2. Well-mannered mutts only. No pooch is perfect, but you simply can’t bring a poorly behaved pet into the office for a somewhat functional work day. You certainly want your dog to enjoy their day so it’s important that they enjoy meeting new dogs, don’t have toy aggression, and aren’t too wary of meeting new people. Otherwise, just enjoy the cuties who come to your cube!
  3. Keep them comfortable. Whatever that means for your pet. Obviously they won’t have all the comforts of home that they’re used to, but if they have a portable bed or favorite toy (that they aren’t territorial over) – bring it! Let your pet know they’re somewhere they belong… even if it’s just for today.
  4. Be involved. If your dog gets up and starts wandering, it’s good to follow them to see what they get into the first few times. That way you can be present if they start to pester your peers or doesn’t hit it off with a fellow dog.
  5. Your manners matter. While your canine coworkers are probably going to be incredibly friendly, it’s still important to mind your manners when meeting new dogs, since some may be a little weirded at first. Start with the back of your palm out toward them and take it from there; if they turn their head or just don’t seem into it, don’t force it. Furthermore, try to curb your enthusiasm when a new buddy wanders into your space to avoid startling them.

If your dog’s going to be rifling through the rolodex this week, be sure to show us on Facebook!

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