Office Dogs: Tips for Bringing Your Dog to Work
Brought to you by the AKC GoodDog! Helpline – the AKC’s 7-day-a-week training support service
By Hilarie Erb, AKC GoodDog! Helpline Trainer
Wouldn’t it be great if you and your dog could be together all day, every day? Your dog probably thinks so, and his chance is coming.
June 21st is National Take Your Dog to Work Day. If your employer allows you to bring your dog, you’ll want to prepare so that you can give Rover a chance for some socialization and fun.
More companies are allowing employees to bring their dogs to work with them on a regular basis. It can increase productivity when our dogs are with us at work. Of course, there will be rules, which may include requiring dogs to have an AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate, up-to-date vaccinations, and being clean and well groomed. Factors such as employees’ allergies and comfort level around dogs may also come into play.
Consider your dog’s personality. Calm, friendly dogs will love going to work with their people. But if your dog is fearful or afraid of strange people and places, he will be happier at home.
A few tips to make the day go smoothly:
- Take a crate and long-lasting chew toys. Ginger will need a safe place to be if you must leave your work space and something to occupy herself while you work. It isn’t safe to leave her in your office or cubicle otherwise – she could get loose. If a crate isn’t feasible, bring your dog’s bed or mat to lie on and arrange for a co-worker to watch if you must leave her for a few minutes.
- Bring a leash, water bowl, treats, and baggies for cleaning up after your dog. A few cleaning supplies in case of an accident are also a good idea.
- Your dog should be clean and groomed. Not even avid dog lovers want to be around a smelly dog.
Having your dog with you at work not only makes your day better, it’s a great way to show off what a good companion he is. If he makes a good impression, the boss may decide that more than one “Take Your Dog to Work” day is in order for your company!
Learn more about bringing your dog to work by visiting, www.petpartners.com/dogsatwork.
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