7 Simple Tips for Bringing Your Dog to Work with Great Guest Johnna Devereaux
Take Your Dog to Work Day is on June 26th 2020, Follow These Tips
By: Whitegate PR INC
1. DO ASK FIRST!
If your workplace doesn't already have a protocol in place for bringing pets to work, make sure you directly ask your co-workers if they are pet-friendly. That means no allergies, fears, or opposition for any reason.
2. DO CONSIDER YOUR DOG
Think about your dog's habits and behaviors, fears and anxieties. Try to imagine a typical work day and how your dog could fit in. DON'T bring your dog to work if they are sick, improperly groomed or behaviorally challenged.
3. DO DOG-PROOF YOUR WORKPLACE
Dogs can be curious about new environments, for example, important documents, trash cans, cords and small objects that are easily accessible by your dog might need to move up and out of the way. Special floor coverings might need to be rolled up and cleaning supplies should be handy. Consider designating a pet-free zone by either putting up a baby gate or keeping certain doors shut, if there are spaces where your dog is not either welcome or safe.
4. DO BRING SUPPLIES
Make your workspace a happy place for your dog by being fully stocked with a bed, food, water, bowls, leash, waste bags, treats, toys and cleaning supplies for your pet.
5. DO PLAN OUTSIDE TIME
Every dog needs time outside during the day to relieve themselves and to burn off energy, so work in a few quick/brisk walks during the workday (15 mins or less should do the trick).
6. DO INTRODUCE YOUR DOG
Introductions to other people can help you get a sense of who your dog is attracted to (or not). Always offer treats to your dog for successful introductions (no barking or jumping).
7. DO HAVE AN EXIT STRATEGY
Know when it's time to go! You know your dog best, and if you choose to bring them to work, then you must monitor their emotional and behavioral state throughout the day.
While bringing your pet to work can require a lot of up-front planning, once you've got a routine in place, it can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend time with your pet.