The official Take Your Dog to Work Day is Friday, June 16 but some dog lovers across the region will be taking their pets to work the week of June 22-26. This annual event celebrates the bond between people and their canine companions and demonstrates the joys of being a pet parent.
Canine Company which provides at-home pet care products and services, offers Invisible Fence brand pet containment systems and Manners at-home obedience training, across New England, New York and New Jersey, offers some tips to ensure the experience is a pleasant one for everyone both pets and coworkers included.
Think about your dog’s temperament and training. “Not every dog is a candidate for a day at the office,” says Traci Simo, head of training for Canine Company. She suggests thinking about the following before deciding to introduce your pet to the work setting:
Is your pet friendly and relaxed around both people and other dogs?
Is he reliably housetrained? (marking the office carpet is a no-no!)
Does she cry from separation anxiety when you leave the room, or just lie down and take a nap?
Be courteous of co-workers’ needs. A colleague with severe allergies or an overwhelming fear of dogs won’t be comfortable around the best-behaved canine. “And remember,” adds Simo, “behaviors you find cute may not be well received by co-workers.”
If you decide your dog is a candidate for an office visit, she recommends being prepared to bring the following equipment:
A pet gate, so you can restrict your pet to your office area or cubicle.
A water bowl and treats, plus a plastic mat for under the bowl (to prevent carpet stains).
Plastic bags for cleaning up after your pet — just in case there’s an accident.
For the geek pet and pet owner there are a few extra tips and rules:
1. Yes, he may be your best friend but do not share your password with him.
2. Keep the water bowl away from the keyboard.
3. Remember to keep extra wipes handy for nose prints on the screen.
4. If for some reason you are able to bring your cat to work (Not like they would pay you any attention or even get out of bed to accompany you), keep to the laptop or tablet to work. Some cats have been known to get overly excited when they know there is a mouse around.
5. Find some nice cat videos to keep them entertained. A recent study found that humans watching cat videos later felt more energetic and more positive afterward, with less anxiety and fewer negative emotions. So they must also be good for our companions.