14 Jun Tips For Taking Your Dog to Work!
We’re sure we don’t need to tell you all the fantastic reasons why you should take your furry friend to work! Ditching the “No Pets Allowed” sign and welcoming dogs into the office can benefit everyone, boosting morale and reducing stress levels. But before you get your tail wagging, make sure you read our tips on how to make it a success for you, your coworkers and your pooch.
1. Get your employers buy-in
It may be hard to believe, but some people aren’t all that fond of dogs. They could have a fear or phobia, while others might not be able to be around animals due to allergies. It’s important that you discuss this with your employer and coworkers before the day and even suggest creating dog-free zones in the office – this way everyone feels comfortable!
2. Ensure the environment is safe
Some workplace environments may not be safe for your furry friend. Cables and cords can be hazardous, as can rubbish bins, heavy equipment and chemicals. The last thing you want is for your dog or colleagues to get sick or injured, so make sure you do some scouting beforehand.
3. Be prepared
Even the most well-behaved and social dogs can become uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings. Why not take some of their favourite things to work with you to help them feel right at home. We suggest taking their dog bed/blanket, plenty of food and treats (for good boys), toys and water bowl.
You may also want to take your dog around the office and introduce them to your coworkers (bonus if they can shake hands) plus any other pooches that may have come to visit to help them feel relaxed.
4. Take them for walks
While your workplace may not be your favourite place on earth, we bet your dog will be pretty excited to be going there, so it’s a good idea to give them some exercise before heading in and burn off some energy. Make sure you also schedule frequent walks throughout the day to get them moving, give them toilet breaks and just enjoy each other’s company!
5. Be responsible
It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of having your furry friend at work with you, but always remember that you are responsible for their well-being. Make sure they are happy and safe throughout the day, and that someone familiar is there to look after them just in case you have to duck into a meeting.