Whether it’s just for National Take Your Dog to Work Day or you’ve decided you can no longer be anywhere without your pet, more and more businesses are recognizing the benefits of having dogs in the office. First of all, they’re fun! And when you’ve got a deadline coming and the stress couldn’t be higher, it’s always nice to see a wide-eyed pooch at your desk waiting to give you some much-needed cuddling. Assuming you have already checked to see if your workplace allows dogs, here are some important do’s and don’ts for bringing your dog to work.
DO: Make Sure Colleagues Don’t Have Any Allergies or Phobias
The first thing you should do is check with your colleagues to make sure they are ok with dogs in the office. Not everyone likes dogs, and even if they do, they might be severely allergic or just don’t want a dog distracting them while they are trying to do work.
DO: Have Your Dog up to Date on all Vaccinations and Flea Treatments
Taking your dog outside of your home brings him in contact with all sorts of foreign agents, mainly people. Making sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations and has adequate flea protection will ensure his safety while in unknown environments. Additionally, this will ensure that your dog doesn’t unknowingly spread any diseases or fleas to other dogs in the workplace.
DON’T: Bring an Untrained Dog to Work
If your dog is territorial or likes to pick fights and growl a lot, this will create disruption in the work environment. Your colleagues want to feel safe in the workplace and you don’t want to cause your dog any undue stress. Dogs who tend to whine or bark can also cause a distracting work environment for you and your colleagues. Basic housetraining is important in the workplace. This is a place of business, after all. You don’t want your dog jumping on any clients, desks, or pooping in the conference room.
This doesn’t necessarily mean your dog can never come to work with you, but seek behavioral counseling from a veterinarian and be upfront with your colleagues if you know your dog tends to bark at passing trucks or whine when he’s ready to go for a walk, so that if your dog does act out from time to time, they are more understanding.
DO: Supervise Your Dog at all Times
Some workplaces will require your dog to be on a leash while at work, others will not. Either way, you should be aware of where your dog is at all times. Your dog should not be wondering off without your knowledge, there may be areas in at your job that are not safe for your pet, so keep an eye on the little fella, and keep your office door closed if you can.
DON’T: Let Your Dog Get Bored at Work
It’s not like he can go on Facebook during work lulls. If you are bringing your dog to the office, make sure there are enough toys around for him to be stimulated throughout the day.
And there you have it Simple tips to follow for a successful first day of work for your pup.