Take Your Dog To Work Day: June 24 2011

Have a dog? Have a job? Then why not take your dog to to work on June 24?! Of course, you have to check that your company is participating in the event and will allow you and your colleagues to bring your furry buddy.

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.

Studies have shown that having a pet in the workplace creates a more productive environment rather than a distracting on. 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 can help boost the mood in the workplace.

If you plan on bringing your pet to work on June 24, 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. Tidy up the cords from your computer to keep your pet from getting tangled in them. Move any poisonous plants to higher ground.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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