This Friday, June 22, is “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” celebrated at some workplaces across the country. A 2008 American Pet Products Association survey found that 17 percent of U.S. businesses allowed employees to bring their pets into the office. It’s a low-cost perk that Human Resources managers can grant employees and thereby increase morale and reduce stress.
Unfortunately, it’s not observed in my office (doggone it!), but perhaps your employer is open to allowing dogs on the premises. If so, here are some guidelines for making the day run as smooth as possible with your canine companion.
- Check with co-workers first to make sure that no one is allergic or has a fear of dogs. You may also need to check with your office building’s management for permission to bring animals on the premises.
- Make sure your office area is dog-proof. Remove poisonous plants, hide electrical cords and wires and secure toxic items such as correction fluid, permanent markers, etc. Check that people food is out of your dog’s reach—common office snacks such as chocolate are toxic for dogs.
- Prepare a doggie bag with food, treats, a water bowl, leash, paper towels, clean-up bags and pet-safe disinfectant (just in case).
- Keep your dog on a lease except when at your cubicle or office. A pet gate might also be a good idea to keep Rover from roaming around where he’s unwelcome.
- Have an exit strategy just in case your dog doesn’t take well to office life. Even a well-behaved dog can feel threatened in a new environment or around unfamiliar dogs.
For more tips on preparing for Take Your Dog to Work Day, visit the website and download an action pack.
Pet of the Week
Meet JR, an 8-month-old Chihuahua mix. He’s an affectionate guy who loves belly rubs and sitting on your lap. Because he’s still just a pup, he’ll require some obedience training, but if you welcome into your home and your heart you’ll become lifelong friends.
During the month of June, the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) is offering a special on adoption fees. All dogs and cats can be adopted for only $25. For more information about JR and other animals available for adoption, visit the SVACA website.