Business goes to the dogs on Friday, June 21st as workplaces across the country celebrate Take Your Dog To Work Day.
The temporary office canines won’t be barking out orders to employees or wagging approval after a presentation, although some might be helping receptionists greet visitors.
The day is an opportunity to celebrate dogs’ special abilities to reduce stress in the workplace and increase job satisfaction, skills confirmed in a study published in 2012 by Virginia Commonwealth University.
But before you put a tie around your pup’s neck and print out an employee badge for Fido, take some common-sense steps to help the workday go smoothly for all involved.
Here are the do’s and don’ts of Take Your Dog To Work Day!
Do’s Of Take Your Dog To Work Day
1. Make sure coworkers are on board with the idea.
Even if your pooch will be staying in your office or cubicle, their presence might give pause to people who are allergic to or afraid of dogs.
2. Pack your pup’s “briefcase.”
Make sure you’re able to provide for all your dogs’ needs throughout the day: food and water dishes, medications, toys, treats, a bed, poop bags, or anything else your dog might need.
3. Groom your dog as if they were going in for a job interview.
Give them a bath, brush their coat until it gleams, and brush their teeth so they have nice breath when they meet the boss.
4. Dogproof your workspace.
To prevent your pooch from chewing on cords, tipping over the trash, or swallowing that thumb drive with the report that’s due tomorrow, prepare your area. Put anything away that might end up being dangerous for your dog.
5. Do a good deed for dogs.
Turn Take Your Dog To Work Day into a way to benefit other dogs in need. Have a raffle to benefit your local shelter or bring in animal health and adoption groups to provide information about pets and services. Make sure to get the boss’s permission.
Don’ts Of Take Your Dog To Work Day
1. Don’t bring your dog in if you can’t rely on their good manners and housetraining.
A dog who jumps up on clients, howls in the middle of a meeting, or does their “business” in the conference room won’t be an incentive for your employer to participate in future Take Your Dog To Work Days.
2. Don’t bring in your pooch if they’re sick.
If they have a contagious illness, other employees could unknowingly carry it home to their dogs. And a digestive disturbance could cause them to vomit or have diarrhea. If your pooch will be bow-wowing with other dogs, their vaccinations or titers should be up to date.
3. Don’t let your pup wander around off leash.
You should know where your dog is at all times–and where they should be is under your control. Use a baby gate or other barrier to keep them confined if you want to drop the leash.
4. Don’t force your pup on anyone else.
Not everyone appreciates a dog in the workplace. If another employee wants to meet your pooch, let them come to you.
The most important rule for Take Your Dog To Work Day is to use good judgement. Be safe and smart. That way, your pup will be invited back for years to come.
Are you bringing your dog to the office for Take Your Dog To Work Day? What other do’s and don’ts should dog lovers follow? Let us know in the comments below!