Tips for Bringing Your Dog to Work
So, you want to make your work life better by taking your furry friend along? This is becoming more acceptable in the workplace, but there are some important things to consider when bringing your dog to work. It is crucial to be aware of proper dog etiquette and workplace rules. First and foremost, be sure to obtain Canine Liability Insurance. Even though there are many benefits of bringing your dog to work, it also comes with risks, and in addition to liability coverage, these simple tips could assist in lowering your risks.
Make a Safe Space
Make sure your dog has a space to feel safe, such as a dog bed by your desk where they can go if they feel overwhelmed or need to calm down. It is important to note that you should be showing them this place; they shouldn’t find it themselves. Your dog should think of this space as shared territory.
Demand Good Behavior
Canine liability insurance will come into play if something unexpected happens, but when bringing your dog to work, you should be working to minimize the chance of bad behavior. A way to keep bad behavior at bay is to be a strong pack leader for your dog. Normally a dog wants to please you and wants direction on how to behave, so establish a set of ground rules for the office. It is best to have a no touch, no talk, and no eye contact rule for your coworkers and dog during working hours, and teach your dog to be friendly and non-territorial from the beginning. This will prevent distractions and keep everyone safe.
Perfect Potty Training
Obviously it is important that your dog knows they should not pee or poop in the office. If your dog is not yet house trained then they should not come to work with you.If your dog is ready to be taken to work, then be sure to take them out every couple of hours. It’s a good idea to get them out as often as possible so they can take care of their needs before an accident happens. If they were to relieve themselves indoors, make sure you are prepared with stain remover and paper towels.
Give Him Exercise
It is recommended that you start the day with a 30 minute walk at minimum, as this will allow your dog to release some energy at the start of the day and keep them much calmer in the office. If there are other individuals who also bring their dogs to work, try walking them together so they feel like a pack.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.