Friday, June 24, 2011 marks the 13th annual Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay®) and many businesses will be permitting employees to bring their dog to work for the day. This day not only celebrates the important role our dogs play in our lives but also helps promote pet adoption.
Just like bringing a child to the workplace, bringing your dog to a work site that may typically not be pet-friendly involves a little pre-planning. If you plan to take your dog to work with you tomorrow, Pet Sitters International has some handy tips to make the day special for you and your pooch.
- Dogs should be kept on a leash, unless in the employee’s office or cubicle. Even the best-behaved dogs may not understand that not everyone loves puppy kisses or a pouncing pooch. Respect co-worker’s space by keeping your dog leashed when outside of your office or cubicle. Co-workers who want to pet your dog will likely come to you.
- Employees should use a baby gate to prevent dogs from leaving their office unsupervised. In the middle of an important sales call or during a visit from a business partner is not the best time for Fido to dash out of your office. Give your dog space to roam in your office while avoiding an unplanned escape by using a baby gate.
- Specific areas, such as bathrooms or employee dining halls, should be designated as dog-free. Even on TYDTWDay, there will be limitations to where your dog can roam. Work with management and co-workers to decide which areas of the office will be dog-free.
- Have a back-up plan for taking the dog home if he is not comfortable in the work environment. While most dogs love spending a day at the office, it may be that your dog is not ready to enter the workforce. Have a back-up plan, such as a spouse, friend or professional pet sitter who can take care of your pet if he needs to leave the office.
You’ll also find a downloadable action plan with more tips at Takeyourdog.com.