Taking your dog to work can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend. However, it also requires some preparation and planning to ensure a smooth and successful office visit. Here are some tips to help you and your dog have a great experience:
- Check with your team and employer. Before bringing your dog to work, make sure that your coworkers and boss are okay with it. Ask about any allergies, phobias, or preferences that they might have regarding dogs. Also, find out if there are any rules or policies that you need to follow, such as keeping your dog on a leash, in a crate, or in a designated area123.
- Dog-proof the office. If you plan to work with your dog, make sure that your office environment is safe. Remove poisonous plants and pesticides, hide electrical cords and wires, and secure toxic items such as permanent markers or correction fluid. Any office items in question should be placed out of paw’s reach145.
- Make sure Fido is fit for work. Your dog should be healthy, well-groomed, and up-to-date on vaccinations before coming to work. You should also ensure your dog is well-trained, socialized, and comfortable around strangers and other dogs. However, if there are a few behavioral quirks that you’d like help understanding or would like to know if the behavior is something you can improve with training, I’m available to help! Sometimes a phone call is all it takes. If your dog is aggressive or anxious it might be better to leave him or her at home145.
- Pack the essentials. Bring everything that your dog might need for a day at the office, such as food, water, bowls, treats, toys, bed, blanket, leash, collar, harness, poop bags, wipes, and first-aid kit. You might also want to bring a crate or a baby gate to create a cozy and secure space for your dog124.
- Plan your schedule. Try to arrange your workday so that you can spend some quality time with your dog and attend to his or her needs. Schedule some breaks for walks, playtime, and potty trips. Avoid meetings or tasks that might require your full attention or cause stress for you or your dog124.
- Be respectful and responsible. Remember that not everyone might share your love for dogs or appreciate their presence in the office. Be respectful of your coworkers’ space and privacy and keep your dog away from their desks, belongings, or food.
- Have fun and enjoy the benefits. Bringing your dog to work can be a fun and enjoyable experience for both of you. It can also have many benefits for your health, mood, productivity, and creativity. Take advantage of this opportunity to bond with your dog, socialize with your coworkers, and celebrate the joy of pets123.