The day you’ve been waiting for is almost here. June 24th is Take Your Dog to Work Day! This is a chance for pet parents to share their dog’s love with everyone at the office. Nothing breaks up the monotony of work better than seeing a fluffball curl up at your feet.
But bringing your dog to work isn’t as simple as showing up with Fido by your side. Pet parents have to take the necessary steps prior to this holiday so their pups make a good first impression. Follow these tips for a safe and fun Take Your Dog to Work Day.
- Ask for permission: Just because it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day doesn’t mean your fur baby can show up unannounced! Check with your boss to make sure dogs are welcome in the office on this holiday. You should also ask coworkers if they are allergic to dogs or prefer that your pup stays home. Some people might have had negative experiences with dogs in the past. Respect their decision to steer clear of dogs, even if your dog is the sweetest pup in the world. Gauging their comfort levels will help you maintain good rapport with others in the office.
- Update vaccinations: Schedule a vet appointment to ensure your dog is up to date on their vaccinations. Unvaccinated dogs can carry viruses without showing any symptoms. When they sidle up to coworkers for kisses and belly rubs, someone could unknowingly bring a virus back home to their pets. An infected pup could directly transmit the virus if other dogs visit the office. Some viruses are fatal, so updating your dog’s vaccinations is crucial for the safety of your coworkers and their furry companions.
- Assess your dog’s health: You could have everything set up for a successful Take Your Dog to Work Day. Then, your pup could get sick the night before. Don’t bring your dog to work if they’ve experienced vomiting or diarrhea or simply aren’t feeling their best in the days leading up to the event. Pups deserve to enjoy the company of your coworkers when they’re at full health. Plus, dogs with a stomach ache might have an accident before they can make it outside. Your boss and coworkers wouldn’t appreciate that!
- Predict how they will behave: Not all pups love meeting new people. You might want everyone to meet your dog, but your dog might not want to meet everyone. Think about what happened the last time your dog met a stranger. Were they curious, happy and affectionate? Or were they scared, anxious and aggressive? If the latter is true, it’s best to keep them at home. Don’t pressure your pup into an uncomfortable situation, especially if their instinct is to lash out at humans or other dogs.
- Bring pet supplies: Your dog is going to spend their whole day in a new environment. Pack everything they will need, including food and water bowls, treats, toys, doggy bags, bedding and a leash. It’s a good idea to bring paper towels and a pet cleaning solution in case your pup has an accident in the office. Odds are, you won’t get to go home and pick up extra supplies in the middle of the work day. Bring all the comforts of home to the office to keep your dog happy.
- Dog-proof your workspace: Dogs love to investigate new sights, smells and sounds. Put away objects your pup might be tempted to chew on or swallow. Tuck electrical cords behind your computer and stash dry erase markers in a drawer. Temporarily relocate potted plants that are toxic to dogs. Set up a baby gate or traveling kennel if you have to make frequent trips around the office. This will keep your dog confined to a safe area when they’re not under your supervision.
- Go easy on the treats: Coworkers will want to play with your dog and feed them treats. Before the holiday arrives, kindly request that no one offers human food to your pup. Not everyone is educated about which foods are toxic to dogs. If they want to feed your dog, hand them a bag full of pet-safe treats. Also limit how many treats Fido receives from each person. Too many treats will exceed your dog’s daily calories and give them a tummy ache!
Take Your Dog to Work Day is a wonderful way to spread the joy of canine companionship. Remember, this occasion is a success only if everyone has a good time. Be sensitive to the needs of your dog and coworkers to ensure your pup gets invited back next year.