You may think your office is going to the dogs, literally, as thousands of dog lovers celebrate “Take Your Dog to Work Day” on Friday, June 26, 2009. According to a recent survey conducted by The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), nearly one in five companies in the U.S. allow pets in the workplace. If you’re planning to participate and bring your favorite canine companion to the office, here are some pet etiquette tips to follow:
Do an office check. Check with management and co-workers to see if anyone is allergic, afraid of or opposed to you bringing your dog to work for this special day. (If there is anyone in your office who fits this description, perhaps they should take that day off!)
Puppy-proof your work space. Remove poisonous plants, hide electrical cords and wires and secure toxic items such as correction fluid, permanent markers, etc. Any office items in question should be placed out of your dog’s reach.
Bathe and groom your dog before its office debut. The dog days of summer can take their toll on your pet’s appearance. Everyone loves to pet a dog that is soft, clean and well-groomed.
Know your dog’s temperament. Dogs that are aggressive or overly shy should not accompany you to work. Instead, consider bringing a favorite picture of your pooch or a stuffed animal to display in honor of TYDTWDay.
Prepare a doggie bag. Include food, treats, bowls, toys, leash, paper towels, clean-up bags and pet-safe disinfectant (just in case). If you are routinely in and out of your work space, consider bringing a portable kennel for your dog’s comfort, safety and your peace of mind.
Avoid forcing co-workers to interact with your dog. Dog lovers will make themselves known. To avoid pet accidents or if your pet has a sensitive stomach, ask others to refrain from giving your dog treats without your permission. Finally, don’t allow your pet to jump, chew or drool on others. A well-mannered dog is a joy to be around and will help ensure that TYDTWDay is observed next year.
My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Oliver, comes to the office with me everyday. He loves to sleep at my feet while I work. For more information on Take Your Dog to Work Day, go to www.takeyourdog.com.