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Take Your Dog To Work Day

1245874517StrikeaposeHere’s a heads up about a very important day later this week.  Friday, June 26 is Take Your Dog To Work Day!  That’s right.  It’s the annual day when it’s just fine to put a coat and tie on your dog (or a dress and heels) and take your dog with you to let him or her see what you do to earn the money to buy their dog food.  Okay, just kidding about the work clothes, but it really is Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Pet Sitters International established the day back in 1999.  According to the Take Your Dog To Work Day web site, the day was created to honor our dogs and to encourage dog adoptions.  The event tries to help employers experience the value of pets in the workplace.

Pet Sitters International hopes that businesses, employers, animal shelters, and pet care professionals will all help promote the event.  You can find out more about the event by visiting the Take Your Dog To Work web site and seeing how you can help shelters in your area.

According to the American Pet Products Association, one-fifth of employers nationwide allow pets in the workplace.  The same survey, conducted in 2006, revealed the following facts:

*   55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to

a more creative environment.

*   53 million believe having pets in the workplace decreases


*   50 million believe having pets in the workplace helps co-workers

get along better.

*   38 million believe having pets in the workplace creates a more

productive environment; and

*   46 million people who bring their pets to the workplace work longer


If you plan to participate in Take Your Dog To Work you should be considerate of your fellow employees.  Take the following things into account in your office (courtesy of the Take Your Dog To Work tool kit and the Rules for Success:

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 one special day.

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 his office debut:  Be sure his shots are up-to-date.  If your dog appears sick, don’t bring him to the office.  Dogs that are aggressive or overly shy should not accompany you to work.  Instead, consider bringing a favorite picture of your pooch.

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 and your peace of mind.

Plan your pet’s feeding times carefully:  Be sure to choose an appropriate area for your dog to relieve himself afterward.

Avoid forcing co-workers to interact with your dog.

Dog lovers will make themselves known.  To avoid pet accidents, monitor the amount of treats your pet is being given.  Remember that chocolate, candy and  other people food should not be shared with dogs.

Have an exit strategy:  Although most dogs enjoy Take Your Dog To Work Day, your pet may not.  Should your dog become overly boisterous, agitated or withdrawn, consider taking him or her home.  Most companies allow for this on Take Your Dog To Work Day.  Do not leave your dog alone in your vehicle while at work.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , , | 1 Comment