Is your Dog Ready to Bring to the Office?
It’s every dog owner’s dream to be able to bring their four-legged friend to work. Not only do you get to spend the day with your companion, but you can feel less guilty about leaving him home alone all day. However, is your dog really ready for the office? Aside from the obvious behavioral concerns, follow this guide to determine whether or not your pooch is bring-to-work material. Even more importantly, however, is ensuring you are equipped with a Canine Liability Insurance policy to protect your dog in the event of a bite.
First and foremost, understand your dog’s temperament. If he has a tendency to be fearful or shy around strangers, it may not be the best idea to bring him to work. Furthermore, make sure he is fully potty trained and know his routine in order to prevent accidents at the office. It’s also critical to read your dog- if he does not warm up to the idea of being surrounded by strangers or is too excitable, it’s best to bring him home. If you aren’t positive he will respond to basic commands, especially with so many distractions such as coworkers and other dogs, practice these outside to gauge his reaction.
The next step is to establish leadership. Your dog must view you as the leader in order to prevent bad behaviors from forming-especially in your office and with so many potential opportunities to act out. Make your dog feel more at ease by bringing his dog bed from home and his favorite treats or toys. This way, you can reinforce his good behavior while getting him acclimated to a new environment.
Most importantly, be cautious of other dogs in the workplace. Bark Busters says to learn how to read your dog’s body language around other dogs and watch for any signs of aggression, such as growling, staring, and stiff body posture; defuse potential conflict by removing your dog from the area- don’t try to force unfamiliar dogs to “become friends.” This will only escalate the issue and increase the potential for a bite.
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 (855) 534-6495.