Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Bring Your Dog To Work Day

Today, June 25, is the annual Bring Your Dog to Work Day and it is sure to bring fur and fun to offices and workshops all over!

Here are some tips to make this a successful day for you and your pet and your co-workers as well.

  1. First and foremost, make sure to ask your employer if they will allow your dog to come to work with you.
  1. Survey the scene before bringing your pet to the office. Remove any choking hazards or small items. Make sure to cover any cords or tuck them away. Undoubtedly your dog will think of these as a chew toy!
  1. Keep your dog on a leash. as much as you would like your dog to roam around the office, the best way to keep him from doing any damage is to keep him within eyesight. If you have a private office, place a baby gate at your door. Allowing your dog to roam will make him want to mark his territory in the unknown environment.
  1. Have your dog be a good citizen at the office. Make your dog sit politely to greet your co-workers and their dogs and do not encourage your dogs to play with other dogs in the office while people are trying to work around you.
  1. Be sure to take your dog outside a few times during the day to relieve himself and to burn off some of that excess energy.
  1. Keep your dog from getting bored. Bring in a chew toy or bone to gnaw on while you   are working. This will also keep him from getting into trouble.
  1. Have a back up plan to take your dog home if he is not comfortable in the work environment.
  1. Bring a pet bed or blanket to the office to help your dog feel comfortable in his new home away from home.

Health and Psychological Benefits of Bringing Your Pets to Work

There are many health and psychological benefits for bringing your pet to work. Studies have shown that having pets in the workplace makes for a more productive environment, helps lower stress and can even blood pressure during the day. In one survey CNN reported that 75% of people surveyed said they would work longer hours if they were able to bring their pet to the office.

What are your thoughts on bringing your pet to work. We would love to hear from you. Please comment below or send an email to live@dogdoctorradio.com

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Michele Forto is Denvers Dog Training Examiner, a certified canine trainer at Denver Dog Works and the co-host of the Dog Doctor Radio Show.

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