Take Your Dog to Work Day is this Friday, June 22. Hopefully you've already discussed the possibility of bringing your pooch to work with your boss. After all, one wouldn't want to miss out on a national holiday! I mean, this is up there with National Waffle Iron Day on June 29! Okay, not really. After all, are there health benefits to celebrating the Waffle Iron? Probably not. But there are benefits associated with taking your pets to work!
For instance, one can use a pet potty break to be unavailable for that overly chatty coworker who comes to call. But when you do want to socialize with that cute guy (or gal) from the cubicle down yonder, there's nothing like a dog to break the ice!
But truly, work environments that allow dogs are often healthier and more productive than traditional workplaces that exclude pets. Read our blog that covers this topic for more details: How Pets Can Improve Your Office Life
Now that we know the benefits for bringing your dog to work, and you've convinced your boss that a pet-friendly environment is the trend for progressive businesses, how can you be assured that Take Your Dog to Work Day is a success and your dog might be invited back?
Consider Your Pet
Is you dog comfortable in social settings? Does he do well at the dog park? Is your dog calm and cool, or easily agitated? Puppies are precious, but a less rambunctious adult with some behavior training might be a better candidate for office life. If your dog jumps up, you might find that adorable, but your coworker may not. Start good habits at home to increase the likelihood of a well-behaved pet at work. A pet that is not completely house trained will not be well received.
Consider Your Coworkers
Obviously checking in with the boss is a must, but letting your coworkers know that you're considering participating in the pet program can make them prepare mentally, and folks with allergies can make their needs known or be prepared with medications. Unless agreed upon by the staff, consider keeping pets out of the break room as not everyone may appreciate "extra fiber" with their meals.
- Doggy-doo baggies.
- Food and water dishes with a mat or small rug to minimize stains.
- Dog chews, non-squeaking toys and/or treats to minimize any anxiety or boredom.
- Child gate or playpen to corral your pup.
- A bed or cushion to make your pet's stay more comfortable.
We hope your day will be a success and your dog will be invited back regularly as it could be a boost to everyone's health and mood, not to mention a treat for the social dog!
Photo courtesy of Eric Skiff
Are you planning to bring your pet to work on Friday? If your office is pet-friendly already, are there any benefits or problems you've experienced with pets in the workplace?