June 25th, 2010

Pet Etiquette for the Office

by Jacqueline Whitmore

Oliver taking a break at work.

Today is Take Your Dog To Work Day and my dog, Oliver, is doing what he loves to do best — lounging in my office chair. Since I work from home, I’m fortunate that Oliver can come to work with me everyday. If your organization or company observes this special day and permits you and your colleagues to bring your dog to work, here are some pet etiquette tips to keep in mind.

  • Always ask permission before petting someone’s dog.  Although the dog may appear friendly, it might not be so receptive to strangers. Like people, some dogs don’t like everyone they meet.
  • Don’t give a dog a treat without asking the owner’s permission first.  The dog may be on a special diet.
  • Before petting a dog, put your hand out first (palm up) so the he can sniff you.  This is simply his way of getting acquainted with you.
  • If a dog is wearing a vest, he is probably a service dog or therapy dog.  He is most likely “on duty” and you shouldn’t pet or play with him unless the owner gives you permission.
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