Tomorrow is Take Your Dog to Work Day and a fun day for pet lovers everywhere! Dogs can be a fun addition to any office space, but it is important to take a few precautions. Before you bring your pooch in to work, make sure you've thought of the following things.
Make sure your dog is ready for the office
Just because your pet is great at home, does not mean that they are ready for the workplace. The office can hold a lot of stressors for a pet. New people, unfamiliar noises and an unknown environment can all take their toll on your pooch, so it's important to evaluate your pet's behavior before you make the decision to bring them around co-workers. Is your pet fearful of new people or aggressive toward other dogs? Then it's probably best to leave them at home.
Be respectful of your coworkers
Not everyone may be okay with your dog in the office. First and foremost, make sure you're allowed to bring your pet to work. Are there other dogs in the office? Check with those co-workers to see how best to introduce your pooch to this new pack. Remember, not all people are dog people, so don't try to force meetings with those who don't seem keen on meeting your pet.
The old adage always stands: prepare for the worst. Make sure you have an arsenal of snacks, treats, leashes, water bowls, poop bags and above all, an escape plan. It's hard to predict how your dog might react to this new situation. Make sure that if it's not the right place for your dog, you have a plan for how to get them home and comfortable again.