Monday, June 21, 2010

June 25: Take Your Dog to Work Day

How to prepare for bring your dog to work day...

Get Fido ready for work! This June 25th is Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Spending time in a new environment can help socialize your pet, getting him used to new faces, smells, and experiences.

And there is also the calming, soothing effect that a dog can have on humans as well. Studies have proven that having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment lower stress, and actually decrease employee absenteeism.

The American Kennel Club offers the following tips for those planning to take their dog to work:

  • Survey the scene. Before you bring your dog to the office, take a look around and pet-proof your space. Secure all cabinets and trash cans that contain food. Remove anything smaller than a tennis ball or items within your pet's reach that have sharp edges or could be a choking hazard. Cover exposed electrical cords or outlets to prevent burns and electrocution as the result of chewing.
  • Behavior. You should only take well-trained and housebroken dogs to the office. Make sure your pup is socialized and safe around strangers. If your dog is unnerved by changes in environment or social situations, the attention and strange noises involved associated with an office may cause your dog undue stress.
  • Health. You would stay home from work if you were sick and so should your dog. If your pooch has a contagious condition, leave him at home. It is also very important to make sure all of his vaccinations are up to date.
  • Hygiene. Make sure your pup is clean and well-groomed before you take him to work. A dirty dog might cause complaints from co-workers.
  • Bring the necessities. Make sure you have the necessities with you, such as bowls, food, quiet chew toys, treats, clean up bags and a leash.
  • Supervise! Supervise your dog at all times. Be mindful of people who might be afraid of your dog and those who are allergic to him.


Anonymous said...

Just be aware that not all environments are safe for dogs and may create risk for dog and man alike. The manufacturing floor, as pictured, may have great risk; forklifts, sharp objects, or people who may fear dogs in general. "Doesn't fear dogs" is an unusual work requirement. Before bringing your dog to work, confirm in advance with your supervisor or HR department and be open to if they say "no."

Melinda said...

Good common sense additions, Anonymous!

Kota, pictured above with Rob and Fredy, goes to work with me almost everyday. Most of the time she's lounging on the sofa in my office. That is... unless they're making her "speak" for cookies or the UPS driver needs kisses or there's a delivery that needs "supervising..."

I can personally attest to employees being a tad crankier when she's not around. Who can resist smiling when you've got a pibble belly to rub? ;-)