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Take Your Dog to Work Day

Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 26 Take your Dog to Work Day - Healthy Pet in Austin, TX Having to leave your dog behind when you head out the door for work in the morning is a major bummer, right? When Trevor doesn’t bring him to the store, Biggie has been known to lay a serious guilt trip on Trevor (plus the customers ask where he is).  But we’re in luck (and so is Biggie!). June 26 is National Take Your Dog to Work Day! So, assuming your workplace is on board, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks that will make this exciting day a success for you and your pup and your co-workers! First, make sure that you check with everyone at your work place to verify there are no dog allergies and to check that no one is afraid of dogs. As precious as you know your pup is, you don’t want to make your fellow employees uncomfortable. This is their workplace, too. Second, come up with a little safety plan to make sure the office/workplace is dog proofed. Is there someone able to watch the door (if you can’t) to make sure that your dog won’t escape? If your dog likes to get into trashcans, warn your coworkers so that they can put their trashcans up high or keep an eye on it. When preparing to bring your dog to work, do a few tests to see if he/she is actually ready (as much as you’d like to show off your pup, if he/she isn’t ready, don’t force it). For example, bring your dog to a busy place to see if he’s comfortable being around strangers and other dogs. If you recognize any signs of distress, like a tucking tail, flattening ears, crouching, yawning or trying to go home, your dog probably isn’t ready to be in a foreign place, like your work. Also, if you know that your dog doesn’t do well with strangers to begin with, it’s probably going to be too stressful to bring Fido to work with you. If it’s been decided and approved that you can bring your dog to work, make sure that you bring a Dog Bag. A Dog Bag is just like a diaper bag, but for dogs. Just like you’d bring for a baby, pack this bag with food, water, treats, non-squeaky toys, a dog blanket, food and water bowls, doggie waste bags, a leash, any medications your dog may need, etc. You want to be prepared for anything to happen. Also, make sure you don’t get so immersed in work that you forget to schedule bathroom breaks for your dog throughout the day. You don’t want them to have an accident in the workplace (that’s a quick way to ensure your dog won’t be invited back). If your boss is on the fence about allowing you to bring your furry kid to work, here are some facts to throw at the powers that be to try to persuade them.  When a dog is present in a workplace:

  • There’s an increase in staff morale and worker productivity
  • Employees get along better
  • There is an increase in sales by store owners who bring their dogs to work
  • There’s more employee collaboration
  • Stress decreases
  • Employees are willing to work longer

Lastly, remember that even if coworkers are okay with you bringing your pup to work, they may not be an enthusiastic dog person. Don’t force your pup on people, let them come to you.