Although it’s not until June 21, now’s the time to begin preparing for the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day! PSI’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay®) encourages businesses that typically don’t permit employees to bring their dogs to work to become dog-friendly for the day.
Has your employer ever participated in this event, held every year since 1995? If your employer is new to TYDTWDay®, you’ll find a free 2013 TYDTWDay Action Pack which can be downloaded from the event website at http://www.takeyourdog.com. A planning guide for potential participants, the Action Pack addresses common management concerns, provides step-by-step instructions for planning an office event and includes a sample “dogs at work” policy and event participation forms.
Pet Sitters International (PSI) also shares these tips on how you and your pet can get the most out of this annual event:
- Dogs should be kept on leashes, unless in the employee’s office or cubicle. Even the best-behaved dogs may not understand that not everyone loves puppy kisses or pouncing pooches. Respect co-workers’ 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 baby gates to prevent dogs from leaving their offices or cubicles 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 and avoid 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 visit. Work with management and co-workers to decide which areas 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.
Photo courtesy Pet Sitters International