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 2. 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!