Dogs are man’s best friend, and you can bring yours to work on one day a year. On Take Your Dog To Work Day, dogs can accompany their owners into the office or other workplace environment. But how do you make sure your dog’s visit is successful?
In this article, we’ll give you ten tips for a successful office visit from your furry friend.
1. Keep Your Dog Under Control
It’s very important that you keep your dog under control at all times during their visit. This means keeping them leashed and close to you and ensuring they don’t bother other employees. If your dog is particularly excitable or energetic, be sure to take a few minutes each hour to walk them around and let them burn off some energy.
2. Keep Your Dog Quiet
While it’s understandable that your dog may bark or make noise occasionally, it’s important to keep them as quiet as possible while they’re in the office. Excessive barking can be disruptive and distracting to other employees, so try to keep your dog quiet as much as possible. If they start to get too vocal, take them for a walk or put them in their crate for a short break.
3. Be Considerate of Allergies
If there are any employees with allergies, be sure to let them know in advance that you’ll be bringing your dog into the office. Ask if there are any areas of the office they should avoid, and try to keep your dog away from those areas as much as possible. You may also want to consider bringing along some allergy medication for those employees, just in case.
4. Avoid Hot Weather
If it’s a particularly hot day, it’s best to leave your dog at home. Dogs can’t sweat as humans do, so they can easily overheat in warm weather. If you do bring them into the office on a hot day, be sure to keep them in a cool, air-conditioned area as much as possible.
5. Bring Along Some Toys
To help keep your dog occupied and calm during their visit, be sure to bring along some of their favorite toys. This will give them something to focus on other than the hustle and bustle of the office. It’s also a good idea to bring along a supply of water, especially if it’s a hot day.
6. Make Sure Your Dog is Well-Trained
This one should go without saying, but it’s important to make sure your dog is well-trained before bringing them into the office. This means they should be well-behaved, not prone to excessive barking or biting, and potty-trained. Dog training classes can be a great way to help your furry friend learn some basic manners.
7. Have a Plan for Emergencies
It’s always best to be prepared for anything, and that includes emergencies. Be sure you have a plan in place in case your dog gets sick or injured while they’re at the office. This may include having a first-aid kit on hand, as well as the contact information for your vet or an emergency animal hospital.
8. Clean Up After Your Dog
This one should go without saying, but it’s important to clean up after your dog while they’re at the office. Not only is it considerate of your fellow employees, but it’s also important for keeping your workplace sanitary. Be sure to bring a supply of poop bags with you, and take the time to properly dispose of them when necessary.
9. Don’t Leave Your Dog Alone for Too Long
If you have to leave the office for an extended period, be sure to have someone else watch your dog. Leaving them alone in a strange environment can be stressful for them and may lead to unwanted behavior like barking or chewing on things. If possible, try to have someone take them for a walk or check on them every so often.
10. Have Fun!
Last but not least, remember to have fun! This is a great opportunity to bond with your furry friend and show your co-workers how awesome dogs can be. Be sure to take plenty of photos and enjoy your time together.
Bringing your dog to work can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend. Just make sure to follow these tips to ensure a successful office visit. By being prepared ahead of time and taking the necessary precautions, both you and your dog can have a great day at the office! We hope that these tips help make your next “Take Your Dog to Work Day” a success!