The Ultimate Guide to Bringing Your Dog to Work

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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 a dog friendly workplace.

Pro Tip: Enroll in a pet insurance policy a few weeks before your dog is scheduled to come in. Pet insurance covers your dog’s unexpected accident and illness vet bills so that you can afford to get them the best care without worrying about your finances. Ask your benefits manager to consider adding Embrace Pet Insurance to your voluntary benefits selection to score a 10% discount1 on your policy.

Before You Bring Your Dog to Work

It’s shocking for pet lovers to hear, but not everybody likes animals which can be a problem when there are dogs in the workplace. 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 and 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 in the Workplace

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. Not all dogs are “office dogs” and that’s okay! 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!

The Benefits of Having Dogs at Work 

Relieves stress: Many reports have confirmed that people who brought their dogs to work, and those who interact with dogs at the workplace, had lower hormonal stress levels.

Decreases employee turnover: It is becoming more common for people to bring their pets into work. When companies allow this perk, many employees appreciate the benefit and are more likely to stick around. It can also attract more potential talent.

Save money: Many pet owners enroll their dogs in a doggy daycare. By bringing your dog to work you can save that time and money. Less day care and more treats!

1 Discount not available in FL, HI, ND, & RI. Discount is 5% in TN.