More and more companies are allowing employees to bring their dogs to work with them. Having your dog in your workplace has been shown to boost morale, increase productivity, and keep staffers motivated. In addition, a dog provides staff with a reason to step away from their desk and go outside for a workday break; however, it’s important to know the proper dog etiquette and rules. Here’s a few do’s and don’ts of bringing your dog to work.
1. Give the dog their own place. Set up an area for your dog—a pillow or dog bed—beforehand. Your pup will feel safe when you direct them to their place and feel good knowing they have a place of their own. Don’t let the dogs find their own place or they can become territorial.
2. Make sure your dog is well behaved at work. Office dogs should be friendly and non-territorial. A dog that barks, whines or growls unnecessarily can create a disruptive work environment and be distracting for other workers.
3. Supervise your dog at all times. Dogs must be under control and well-behaved, and not wander around the offices unattended. Keep your dog on-leash except when they’re in your office with the door closed or behind a baby gate.
4. Dogs should be clean, healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. The office place is not a controlled environment like the home, so safety first for both other animals and people. Accidents happen and you can never be too careful when it comes to your pets. And make sure your pup has a regular bath & brush.
5. Your dog should be housebroken before coming to work. It’s important that office dogs know not to pee or poop inside. If you bring your dog to work, be sure to take the dog out every few hours and, in case of accidents, keep a roll of paper towels and pet stain remover in the office.
6. Exercise before going into the office. Start the day with at least a 30 minute walk to drain your pup’s energy.
7. Make sure your dog is properly stimulated. It’s good to bring toys in to amuse your dog and prevent boredom while you work. Take your dog for a longer walk at lunch, as well.
8. Be responsible for your own dog. Whether a temp or an executive, when your dog has an accident, clean it up yourself. Make sure you bring any needed supplies – water bowl, treats, etc. – with you to work, as well.
Here’s hoping for a safe, happy and fun, fun, fun Take Your Dog to Work Day 2015!