The Ultimate Guide to Bringing Your Dog to Work

Kara Bednarik

Dog in Office

Being able to bring your dog to work with you is a fun and unique benefit that more and more companies are allowing. It’s such a relief to not have to watch his sad face fade away from view as you drive down the street. And you don’t have to worry about what sort of havoc he’ll wreak while you’re working.

Even if dogs in the workplace aren’t a daily occurrence at your company, Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day® is June 22 and you’ll want to be prepared if your office is participating.

Before You Clock In

It’s shocking for pet lovers to hear, but not everybody likes animals. And not all dogs get along with other dogs. The first thing you should do is create a schedule in your office that includes which pets are going to be in when. This gives everybody time to prepare.

Here is a helpful list of what to have prepared before your pup gets to work:

  • Updated vaccines
  • Up-to-date flea, tick, and heartworm prevention
  • A few toys to play with
  • Leash and collar/harness
  • A bowl for water
  • Lots of treats

5 Tips to Remember While You’re at the Grind

1. Ensure proper greetings.

Some dogs are better when they meet on a leash while others are better without. Make sure that you know your coworker’s pet’s preferences, and that they know yours, so you can work around each other for a happy hello.

2. Listen to what he’s telling you.

Your workplace isn’t what your dog is used to, and it can take a while for him to get used to being there. He may whine at you, hide under your desk, or even use the bathroom where he’s not supposed to. This is your dog’s way of telling you something, make sure you listen so you can make it an enjoyable visit.

3. Take regular breaks.

It’s important to reassure your dog with some attention while you’re there. A new environment creates new stresses, and a reminder that you’re still there is helpful for a nervous pup. Take him for a quick lap around the building or throw a ball for a few moments before getting back to work.

4. Understand your dog’s limits and let others know.

Just like you may not get along with all your co-workers, dogs don’t necessarily like all other people and animals. If you know that your dog’s arch nemesis will be in the office that day, perhaps schedule another time to bring him in.

5. Be realistic.

If your dog has a lousy time at work, it’s okay to try again another day. But if he’s continually bad, sad, or just thoroughly not enjoying himself, it’s best to leave him at home. Dogs are creatures of habit and don’t always welcome change – keep that in mind if your normally well-behaved dog is acting out. Download Pet Sitters International’s toolkit for taking your dog to work here. Now get out there and work hard to give your dog his best life!

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