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Taking Fido to the Office

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Courtesy AKC Canine Health Foundation Increasingly Americans find themselves working from home. But some lucky employees get to take their best buddy to work with them to the office for a day in June called Take Your Dog to Work Day. The annual event was founded by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1999 to highlight the important role dogs play in our lives. It also offers the perfect chance to use a variety of canine-related clichés. This office has really gone to the dogs! It’s a dog-eat-dog business! The boss makes me work like a dog. Feel free to add your own.

While the day can definitely be a fun and memorable occasion, it’s important that you take some steps to be sure your dog and your workplace are a good match.

  • This might actually be better as number Anyway, nothing spoils good feelings like a wet spot on the carpet or the strong, unpleasant odor of a surprise left in the corner. Be sure to let your dog take care of business before coming to work and then throughout the day.
  • Be sensitive to others in the office. While you know and love your tail-wagging buddy, your coworkers may not be so comfortable. Try to keep your dog from running up to others or disturbing those who may be trying to work. It might be a good idea to check with those around you to see if anyone is allergic to dogs. If so, you might be able to change workspaces for the day.
  • Before bringing your furry friend for a visit, make sure the place is pet safe. Remove any cords that might get chewed, small items your dog could eat, empty any trash that might be tempting, and plants that could be harmful. Talk to coworkers who might also be bringing pets to ensure compatibility and avoid a "barkfest."
  • Pay attention to your dog’s signals. Some dogs will love the excitement of a new environment, while others will find it all too much. If you notice your dog shaking more than usual or panting excessively, find a quiet spot for him. It’s a good idea to bring some favorite toys and a familiar blanket or bed. These will work wonders at getting your furry friend to chill out.
  • Most importantly, enjoy your special day with your dog!
Bringing your dog to work can certainly be fun. However, there are also other benefits. A survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association found that almost one out of five companies now allows employees to bring four-legged friends to work with them on a regular basis. In addition to reducing stress levels, the study reported workers allowed to bring their dog to work reported feeling valued and that their employers genuinely cared about their personal and professional development. The result of such increased employee morale included such benefits as increased co-worker cooperation as well as jumps in productivity as much as 80 percent in some cases. Special thanks to the American Kennel Club for allowing us to share a snap from an ad hoc meeting at their offices. http://www.akc.org/akc-dog-lovers/2013/06/17/mans-best-coworker-tips-to-get-your-dog-ready-for-take-your-dog-to-work-day/

Craig Davis

Craig is a lifelong pet owner and dog advocate with a special interest in animal and human longevity. He founded Vet Organics to develop an affordable, all-natural, safe and effective ear infection remedy for his dog, Lucy, whose chronic ear problems could not be solved by the vet.

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