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Guide To Bring Your Pet To Work Successfully

Published: June 17, 2024
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National Take Your Pet to Work Week is from June 17th to 21st. More and more employers are adopting a pet-friendly environment. People who work in pet-friendly places of business report greater job satisfaction, less stress, higher morale, and a greater sense of community. However, not all pets are suited for the workplace. Here are some tips to help taking your pet to work a great experience for everyone.

Get Permission

If your workplace has a pet program already in place, familiarize yourself with the rules before bringing your pet to work. Get your boss's permission before bringing your pet to work.

If you don't usually bring your pet to work, even if there is a pet policy in place, talk to the colleagues you work most closely with to make sure that they don't have an issue with it. Better to get everyone on board beforehand than to bring your pet to work and cause problems when you get there.

Identify Potential Hazards Before You Bring Your Pet

The workplace can be hazardous, especially for pets. Before you bring your pet to work, identify potential hazards, such as poisonous plants or cleaners or heavy equipment. Know where the designated pet-free areas are. You may need a leash to keep your pet at your side and out of trouble.

Keep Your Pet in Your Workspace

Just because you have permission to bring your pet to work doesn't mean that you can allow him to wander all over the place. Your dog should stay in your area, and for that, you may need a leash, a gate, or a crate. For your pet's comfort, the crate can contain a pet bed or blanket from home.

Take Frequent Breaks and Clean up After Your Dog

Depending on the breed of dog you have, she may need frequent exercise breaks. Dogs will also need potty breaks throughout the day. Bring supplies to clean up after your pet, such as pet waste bags. Pet waste should only go into receptacles designated for the purpose, so be sure to identify these before bringing your pet to work.

Plan Ahead

Anticipate the things that your pet will need throughout the workday. Will your pet be at work over one of her normal mealtimes? If so, you'll need a travel bowl and your pet's normal food.

Spending the day with you should help your dog feel more happy and relaxed. Nevertheless, he could get bored over a long workday. Consider bringing an interactive puzzle toy that dispenses treats to keep his mind occupied. It's probably best to choose a toy that doesn't make noise to avoid disturbing your co-workers.

Make Sure Your Dog Is Well-Trained

For the safety of your pet, co-workers and their pets, and customers, you should be able to control your dog in the workplace. Make sure your dog knows basic commands, such as sit, stay, come, and leave it. If your dog doesn't already know these commands or perform them consistently, you need to do a refresher before bringing your pet to work.

Get Your Pet’s Vaccinations up to Date

While a pet-friendly workplace offers many benefits, there are also potential drawbacks. For example, pets in the workplace could spread contagious diseases to one another. You can prevent this by taking your pet to the vet before bringing her to work to make sure she is up to date. Tell your vet that you are planning to take your pet to work. Your vet may recommend shots that aren't part of your pet's usual vaccination schedule.

Act as a Go-Between for Social Interactions

Maybe your pet loves to be close to you while at work but is shy or anxious when meeting new people or pets. If that's the case, communicate this to your co-workers to prevent well-meaning but unwelcome overtures toward your dog. Either tell your co-workers directly or put a sign on your desk explaining the situation.

Conversely, not everyone feels comfortable interacting with dogs. If someone asks to pet your dog, and your dog is fine with it, you can permit it. Otherwise, you should not allow your dog to approach people who have not expressed a wish to interact with him.

Be Prepared To Answer Concerns or Complaints

Ideally, if you get permission from your boss and talk to your co-workers beforehand, no one should have any concerns about your decision to bring your pet to work. However, if someone does raise a complaint, be prepared to answer it calmly. Keep an open mind and hear the other person out. Try to find a solution that everyone can agree on.

Have a Backup Plan

Have a plan in place in case your pet does cause a disruption to the work environment. Identify an unused conference room or other safe, out-of-the-way place where you can take your dog if, for example, she is barking too much.

Don't Leave Your Dog Unattended

If you have to go somewhere your pet cannot follow during the course of the work day, ask a co-worker to watch her for you until you get back.

Bring Your Pet on a Trial Run

Bring your pet on a short visit to your workplace before you commit to bringing him to work for a whole day or a whole week. Observe his behavior. If he seems frightened or anxious, he might be a pooch who is better off staying at home than coming to work with you.

Coming to work isn't appropriate for all pets. Keep your furry friend's best interests in mind when making the decision whether or not to bring her to work.

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