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Did you know that June 24 is Take Your Dog to Work Day? As it turns out that isn't the only day you can bring your four-legged pal to the office; in fact, many days can be furry friendly: "According to a recent study by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, one in five U.S. companies allows employees to bring their pets to work."
Are you as surprised as we were to hear that so many companies are happy and willing to have pups around? EverydayHealth.com weighs in: "Having pets in the workplace is increasingly seen as a win-win by businesses — it creates a more pleasant work atmosphere for animal lovers and improves productivity and (hopefully) profit margins for management."
Now before you run out the door with your pup's leash in hand and your lunchbox in the other, there are several important rules of etiquette you'll need to know first. It's important to not only consider your professional reputation and those around you, but also the well-being of your pet before you decide to bring them to your work. Is your workplace loud and all 'hustle and bustle'? Is your cubicle or office space large enough for your pet to be comfortable? Most importantly, have you received written approval to bring your dog to the office? Note to cat owners: most workplaces only allow dogs (unfortunately).
Bringing Your Pet to Work: Tips and Advice, from EverydayHealth.com
It's natural for pets to feel anxious in a new and unfamiliar environment. Consider how you could make your work space homier for your dog – bring his favorite toy, a doggy bed and a familiar blanket or other item that holds the scent of home. With these simple touches, your dog will begin to feel more comfortable and even look forward to joining you at the office!
Just because the 8-hour workday breezes by for you, doesn't mean it will for your pup! Which is why we'd like to remind you of this small but important fact: animals need snacks! Make sure to pack the doggy treats, plenty of food and water, along with the appropriate dishware to ensure your dog is well-fed and doesn't get dehydrated.
If a coworker of yours also brings their pet, it's inevitable and natural that a tiff will occur between the two pets at some point. The simplest way to avoid pet conflict is to keep the dogs separated from one another and in their own designated spaces. But if your dog does get involved in a scuffle, "keep a cool head and a handy blanket nearby. Toss the blanket over the squabbling pets to distract them, and then remove your pet from the scene."
Research has shown that pets tend to test the authority of their owners more in unfamiliar environments than at home. Remember who is boss and act accordingly. Be the leader and your dog will respect your leadership. This will make the experience better for all parties when you bring your pet to work.
It goes without saying that it would only be appropriate to bring your pet to work if they have received all of their necessary vaccinations. The last thing you want to do is expose your boss's dog to some kind of contagion!
It's wise and respectful to those around you to keep your dog on a leash at all times and to designate a somewhat confined space for them to relax in. Prevent your pup from roaming and you'll eliminate a lot of possible conflicts and challenges.
Some people aren't dog people (as hard as it is to believe that)! That means it's best to keep your pet out of break and kitchen areas at all times for sanitary (and sanity) purposes.
Allergic reactions are a major risk of bringing your dog to the office – all it would take is one complaint, and you'd have to send Fido home. Instead, plan ahead and groom them before you go to work!
At the end of the day, use common sense when you decide to bring your four legged friend to work. You and your office mates will love having a pup around if you abide by these rules of etiquette.