Commute With Your Canine!
Celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day!
This week, offices and businesses from coast to coast are going to the dogs. On Friday, June 22, Pet Sitters International is celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Founded in 1999, Take Your Dog to Work Day seeks to promote pet adoption in a positive and proactive way. The event's website links potential pet guardians with adoptable animals in their area, and participants are encouraged to spread the word about the joys of becoming proud parents to shelter pets.
While dogs will appreciate the chance to spend even more time with their owners, the benefits of having pooches in the workplace extends to humans.
"Studies show that having pets in the workplace creates a more productive environment, helps to lower stress and can even lower blood pressure levels during the day," said Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow. "CNN has even reported that 75 percent of people surveyed on the topic responded that they would work longer hours if they were able to bring their pet to the office."
For individuals planning to take their dog to work, the American Kennel Club offers some tips:
- Survey the scene. Before bringing your dog to the office, take a look around and pet-proof your space. Secure all cabinets and trash cans that contain food. Remove anything smaller than a tennis ball or items within your pet's reach that have sharp edges or could be a choking hazard. Cover any exposed electrical cords or outlets to prevent burns and electrocution as the result of chewing.
- Mind your dog's manners. You should only take well-trained and housebroken dogs to work with you. Make sure your pooch is socialized and safe around strangers. If your dog is unnerved by changes in environment or social situations, the attention and strange noises associated with an office may cause your dog undue stress.
- A healthy dog means a happy coworker. You would stay home from work if you were sick and so should your dog. If your pup has a contagious condition, it is best he stay at home. It is also very important to make sure he is up to date on all of his vaccinations.
- Keep your pooch pristine. Make sure your dog is clean and well-groomed before you take him to the office. A dirty dog might cause co-workers to complain.
- Bring the necessities. Make sure you bring the necessities your dog needs with you, such as bowls, food, quiet chew toys, treats, clean up bags and a leash.
- Supervise! Keep an eye on your dog at all times. Be mindful of those who might be afraid of your dog and people who are allergic to him.
To find out more information about the event, visit the official Take Your Dog to Work Day website.
Have you brought your pet with you to your job? How do you think your pet would behave at work? Tell us below!
11 months ago
Luckily I have a very cool boss who is also a dog lover, so I can take my dog to work anytime I want! It’s not always a good idea, especially if the office is busy and a lot of people are stressed out, because my dog can sense that and get stressed out too, so I wait until things are quiet to take him in. If he is in there and people start stressing out, I close the door to my office and give him a Tillmans’ Treat that I keep in my desk and let him chill so he doesn’t get nervous.
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