June 26: Take Your Dog To Work Day

Mark your calendar and be ready to get no work done. This year’s Take Your Dog To Work Day is Friday, June 26, 2015 and it is exactly what it says – take your dog to work, show off his strut, his fancy collar, and watch him get loved like he’s a rock star.

Before you head to work, make sure you’re prepared

  1. Dog-proof your workspace – make sure all loose wires and plugs are tidied up and tied together. Empty the trash can so your dog doesn’t make a bad impression and dig through your garbage looking for that wrapper from the sandwich you had yesterday.
  2. Manners – if your pet needs a refresher course, spend a few days before going to work reinforcing commands. Sit, stay, no, and come are all great ones to know. If your dog isn’t walked on a leash often, start taking walks in the evening to retrain your dog to not pull and stop walking when you stop.
  3. What to bring – treats, two bowls – one for water, one for food, paper towels in case there’s an accident, something soft for your dog to lay on, and a quiet toy or chewie for your dog. Make sure the ID tag on your dog’s collar is secure too!
  4. Your camera – on your phone or whatever, because you’ll want to remember this day!

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Take Your Dog To Work Day: June 22, 2012

Have a dog? Have a job? Whew, good for you. Celebrate these two facts by taking your dog to work on Friday June 22. Check with your company to see if they are participating in the event and will allow you to bring your pup before Friday.

This is an annual worldwide event that was created by Pet Sitters International to celebrate the companionship and bond that pets and their owners share. Started in 1999, it celebrates pets who have forever homes and helps promote pet adoption, responsible pet ownership, and pet education. It’s that one special day when pet lovers get to share their work day with their best friend at the office. It’s great for the soul, and your dog will be pretty happy to not be home alone.

Studies have shown that having a pet in the workplace creates a more productive environment and not a distracting one. Petting a dog or cat can help lower stress, spending a few minutes playing with a pet can help bring a smile to your face, and help boost the mood in the workplace.

If your business wants to get more involved in Take Your Dog To Work Day and strengthen the bond with the community and animal rescue groups in your area, this is one of the ways to start. Marketing and media can create ads that show your company’s support for adoption and team up with other groups, sponsor events, or participate in them as well.

If you plan on bringing your pet to work on June 22, here’s a few tips:

1: Look around your work place and pet proof any spaces or places that could be dangerous to your pet. Secure all cabinets, garbage cans, and make sure food is not within reach of your pet’s paws.

2: Groom your pet and brush out any dead fur. You don’t want your buddy leaving dirty paw prints, fur, or dander all over the place. Bring an old towel to wipe down the paws after a lunch break walk to avoid tracking in dirt or mud.

3: If your dog is overly shy or aggressive, leave her home. Being around new people and in a strange environment can stress your pet. If your pet feels threatened and has a tendency to growl or show aggression, someone might get hurt. If your pet is very shy, she may cower and shake all day or have an accident. Don’t stress them out. Bring in a picture instead.

4: If your dog is not well-trained and overly hyper, she may distract others and you and might create more stress than fun. Some dogs may need more training and manners before being in an office environment.

5: Don’t forget food and water and schedule potty breaks.

6: Don’t force your dog to be friendly with your co-workers. Dog lovers will come to your dog naturally and those who are not dog lovers will not. Respect your co-workers and their feelings about pets. Let them know if your dog has any sensitivities such as being touched in a certain spot or has a hesitation with having paws touched. This is for your dog’s safety as well as your coworkers.

7: If your dog seems to be getting edgy, take her home during your lunch break. It isn’t worth the stress to try and force your dog to do a whole day at work if she’s not ready. Make arrangements to take a little extra time to drive her home or have someone like a pet sitter or dog walker come pick her up.

8: If your dog is a high energy dog and goes to a dog daycare, a great idea would be to bring her there in the morning and let her run around till lunchtime. After lunch she’ll be calmer and most likely snooze under your desk as you finish up your day.

9: Use a nylon or leather leash instead of a flexi-lead to avoid having the leash get tangled around desk and chair legs or tripping anyone. It’s safer and easier to control your dog if he wants to wander away or go play with other dogs. A flexi-lead can sometimes break and the plastic handle can slip from your hand.

Tips for Taking Your Dog to Work

Are you able to bring your dog to work? If so, make sure your pup has some of the basic rules of etiquette under his collar and that your place is safe.

1: Dog proof your area: If you work at a desk make sure the wires are neatly tucked away so your pup doesn’t get tangled and accidentally yank something off your desk like your computer monitor or phone. Keep markers, pens, staples, and other office supplies away in drawers and on the desk.

Any breakables should be removed or put away for the day. Check under your desk and around your work area that there aren’t any items that could be dangerous or poisonous to your dog and throw away your garbage.

2: Vaccinate: Keep your pup up to date on his vaccines. If he’s not, he could be at risk of catching something.

3: Talk to your co-workers before your bring Max to work: Make sure everyone is ok with your dog coming to work. Is anyone allergic? Is anyone afraid of dogs? Consider bringing a crate or carrier for your dog to hang out in when you can’t supervise his interactions.

4: Review the basic commands: Sit, stay, come, and leave it are important commands we teach our dogs. In an office around other people, it’s very important to make sure your dog listens to you. You don’t want your buddy running down the hall and not coming back! Nor do you want your dog to be the one who ate everything in the kitchen garbage can and made a mess.

5: Expect behavior changes: A new environment and new people can make your dog act a little differently. If your dog gets nervous, keep him close to your desk and reassure him that everything is ok. If your pet doesn’t love other dogs a crate with a toy or kong can distract him from becoming hostile. You may also want to only bring him for half days till he adjusts to this new routine.

6: Bring stuff: Pups can be excited to be in a new place, sniff everything, and watch people but they can get bored. Bring the essentials – leash, bowls for water and food, bags for that midday walk, and a blanket or towel for him to lay on. But you should also bring a quiet toy or some treats. A kong with peanut butter can work wonders for that dog who fidgets and gets easily bored.

After a long day at work, reward your pup and reward yourself! Go for a long walk, a run, or toss the ball around at the dog park.

Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 25 is Take Your Dog To Work Day and if your business participates in this event you may find yourself sharing the elevator and water cooler with a few furry friends. The event was created by Pet Sitters International to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to help encourage adoptions from shelters, rescue groups, and other places. It’s a day to show off how cool your dog is and how great it is to share your home with a pet.

This year marks the 12th anniversary and since the annual event started, thousands of companies across the U.S. have participated on this special day.

If your company is participating and you are going to bring your dog, keep in mind the following:

1: There will be lots of new people for your dog to meet. Make sure your dog is ready and socialized enough to meet people and other dogs.

2: Make sure your dog knows to not jump up on people and will sit politely to greet people.

3: If your dog knows a trick like roll-over or giving paw, show it off! It’ll show how smart and fun owning a dog can be.

4: Keep interactions with other dogs short to cut down on the possibility of a rowdy game of tag. This is work, not an indoor dog park.

5: Pack a doggie snack bag or lunch and give your dog time to relax. Meeting new people and dogs can be overstimulating.

6: If your dog is agitated, overwhelmed, or anxious after a while give your dog a time out under your desk with comfy pillow or pet bed. If it is too much for your dog, consider taking her back home.

If you’d like to learn more about Take Your Pet to Work Day, they have a website and a Twitter Id.