Take Your Dog to Work Day: Some Do’s and Don’ts

For those of us who love dogs, there’s nothing better than coming home to a wagging tail at the end of a stressful day. Now imagine if that wagging tail could alleviate your stress all day, every day…while you work! These days, the idea of canine coworkers is becoming more and more accepted, and with good reason. A study by Virginia Commonwealth University found that “dogs in the workplace may buffer the impact of stress during the workday for their owners and make the job more satisfying for those with whom they come into contact.” Since stress is a major contributor to employee dissatisfaction, it only makes sense to welcome pups into the office…at least on a part-time basis.

To encourage companies to open their doors to four-leggers, June 26th has been declared National Take Your Dog to Work Day. If you have the opportunity to participate, here are a few tips for how to make the most of your pup’s day on the job:

Current Vaccinations Are a Must
As anyone who’s ever worked in an office knows, there’s nothing worse than catching something from a coworker. This goes double for your dog. Make sure vaccinations are up-to-date to keep him from getting ill or infecting another pooch.

Pack a Bag
Bringing along the right supplies will help your dog feel comfortable in this unfamiliar environment. Be sure to pack food, treats, bowls, a bed or blanket, poop bags, and a toy or two to keep him occupied while you work.

Take a Break
Even the most laid-back dogs can get restless in a strange place with lots of activity going on. Take your dog on a log walk before you come to work to help tire and relax him. Then try to incorporate regular strolls and bathroom breaks throughout the day.

Pooch-Proof Your Space
Before the big day arrives, take a look around for any temptations or dangers. Are there cords he might chew? Does the trash need to be emptied? Have pens or thumbtacks made their way to the floor? Do what you need to do to create a safe environment for your four-legged office mate.

Practice Good “Petiquette”
Some people are afraid of dogs, others are allergic and still others may not appreciate having their day interrupted by a prying nose. So don’t allow your dog to wander loose around the office or approach other humans or canines without permission.

Know When It’s Quitting Time
While it might be your dream to take your dog to work, it might be their worst nightmare. If he’s afraid of new places or people, or is stressed being around other dogs, leave him at home. On the other hand, if your dog becomes anxious after you arrive, know when it’s time to call it a day.