To celebrate and enjoy my presence during Take Your Dog to Work Week, you're going to have to be ready.
First, you're going to have to convince the powers that be (i.e., your boss) that we dogs really do belong in the workplace. Secondly, we need supplies to ensure we are model employees.
Here are tips to help make that happen.
Any self-respecting dog knows how to beg. Somehow we maintain our dignity even when using our best puppy-dog eyes. Practice your most convincing expression in the mirror if necessary.
If you haven't taught me how to behave before now, you might not be setting me up for success. Enroll me in a crash obedience course, if possible, or teach me something really cute to smooth over any social graces I may have disregarded.
Take me for a long walk before work. This will help calm me down from any job-related jitters. I might just take a little nap at the office. People will walk by and say, "What a good dog!"
You'd better be ready for me to be entertained and comfortable while I grace the office with my presence.
Just as you enjoy your cushy office chair, I'm going to need something comfy to increase my own job satisfaction. I'm talking about a nice, new bed. One that shows your co-workers I'm a grade-A employee who's worthy of nice office furniture.
And never, EVER forget the doggy doody bags! If you do, you could have a real public-relations problem on your hands... literally.
Make sure I have a safe place to retreat to should the office work get to be too much. This could be my crate or a gate to keep me safely confined to the office.
Remember to check my leash and collar to make sure they're in good, working order for break time. Check that my ID tags and vaccinations are up to date.
At the very least, ensure that we are freshly groomed so we can put our best paw forward.
As you can see, following these guidelines will set me up for success at the office. In return, I will lower your blood pressure and increase not only your job satisfaction, but also elevate the mood of your co-workers!
Who knows? Take Your Dog to Work Week might turn into a full-time job!