I’m still waiting for take your cat to work day. I wouldn’t, mine wouldn’t tolerate that program at all! But it’s the principle of the thing, you know? Anyway, if you have a dog, and your boss is amenable, here’s some advance tips on how to make Take Your Dog to Work Day — Friday, June 25 — a happy day for all, four- and two-footers. Thanks to our friends at the American Kennel Club.
This June 25 is Take Your Dog to Work Day. According to the American Kennel Club, spending time in a new environment can help socialize your dog, getting him used to new experiences. There is also the calming, soothing effect that a dog can have on humans. Studies have proven that having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment, lowers stress, and actually decreases employee
The AKC offers the following tips for those planning to take their dog to work.
* Survey the scene. Before bringing 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 any 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 work with you. Make sure your pooch is socialized and safe around strangers. If your dog is unnerved by changes in environment or social situations, the attention and strange noises 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 pup has a contagious condition, it is best he
stay at home. It is also very important to make sure he is up to date on all of his vaccinations.
* Hygiene. Make sure your dog is clean and well-groomed before you take him to the office. A dirty dog might cause co-workers to
* Bring the necessities. Make sure you bring the necessities your dog needs with you, such as bowls, food, quiet chew toys, treats, clean
up bags and a leash.
* Supervise! Keep an eye on your dog at all times. Be mindful of those who might be afraid of your dog and people who are allergic to
Additional information on responsible dog ownership can be found on the AKC website at www.akc.org.