I have a very well-behaved dog and I’ve been daydreaming about bringing him along with me to work. Is this just a “pipe dream” or is it even possible?
Missing Fido while at work in Oak Forest
Dear Missing Fido,
What a timely question–you’re in luck! Friday, June 23 is Pet Sitters International’s annual Take Your Dog To Work Day®. Businesses around the globe will open their doors to employees’ canine co-workers to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to promote pet adoption.
To ensure a peaceful, productive day of human and canine camaraderie, Pet Sitters International (PSI) has made a free 2017 Take Your Dog To Work Day Action Pack available at https://www.petsit.com/takeyourdog.
PSI also provides pet owners these seven tips to ensure a successful office visit:
1. Do an office check. No one will mind your dog being in the office, right? Well, maybe. Check with management and co-workers to see if anyone is allergic, afraid of or opposed to you bringing your dog to work on this special day.
2. Puppy-proof your work space. If you plan on working with your dog, make sure your office environment is safe. Remove poisonous plants and hide electrical cords. Any office items in question should be placed out of paw’s reach.
3. Make sure Fido is fit for work. Be sure your dog’s shots are current. Make plans to have your dog bathed and groomed before accompanying you to work. Be mindful of your dog’s “work readiness.” You know your dog’s demeanor, so if he is aggressive or overly shy, it’s best to leave him at home. Consider how your dog has behaved in the past around strangers before making the decision to bring him. If your dog has shown fear, irritability or aggression, or if your dog has never met strangers, the workplace is not the best place for him.
4. Prepare a doggie bag. Include food, treats, bowls, toys, leash, paper towels, clean-up bags and pet-safe disinfectant. If you are routinely in and out of your work space, consider bringing a baby gate for your doorway or a portable kennel for your dog’s comfort and your peace of mind.
5. Plan your pet’s feeding times carefully. During an important sales call is probably not the best time for a puppy potty break. Plan your dog’s feeding time around your work schedule and be sure to choose an appropriate area for your dog to relieve himself afterward.
6. Avoid forcing co-workers to interact with your dog. Dog lovers will make themselves known. To avoid pet accidents, monitor the amount of treats your pet is being given from your co-workers.
7. Have an exit strategy. Although most dogs enjoy TYDTW Day, your pet may not. Should your dog become overly boisterous, agitated or withdrawn, consider taking him home or plan in advance for your professional pet sitter to offer a midday check-in visit. Never, under any circumstance, leave your pet alone in a vehicle while you work.
With a little planning and forethought, you and Fido can enjoy a special day at work while you encourage your co-workers to adopt their own future TYDTW co-worker.
Did you know?
June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month. All month long, many shelters will have reduced adoption rates for cats and kittens in order to promote this cause. Any month is a good month to adopt, but this month might just be your month!
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