Is Your Dog Ready For ‘Take Your Dog To Work Day’?

take your dog to work dayJune 22 is “Take Your Dog To Work Day” and across the country, many pet parents will be bringing their beloved pups to the office. Is your dog ready for Take Your Dog To Work Day? Some dogs simply are not. As a dog owner, it’s up to you to know whether your dog has the etiquette necessary to thrive in the workplace.

Take Your Dog To Work Day can lead to dog fights among dogs who aren’t socialized and aren’t accustomed to being surrounded by new sights, smells, sounds and other dogs. In this office situation where your dog may already be stressed out, he may lash out and bite a co-worker.

Before you take your dog to work you need to know if he is prepared and you also need to ensure you’re protected if your dog bites someone in the office. A dog bite can be devastating for the one bitten and financially devastating for the one whose dog did the biting.

Is Your Dog Ready For ‘Take Your Dog To Work Day’?

  1. Make certain your dog isn’t a “nervous” pee-er. You don’t want your dog to use the office as his personal restroom simply because he gets nervous. If your dog isnt’ accustomed to being in unfamiliar locations, he may be better off at home — you will notice the “better off at home” will be a theme throughout these tips.
  2. Don’t bring a barker to work. If your dog is naturally a barker or barks in unfamiliar settings or at other dogs or humans, he probably won’t be a great fit for the office.
  3. If he doesn’t play well with others… he’s probably better off at home. A dog who either isn’t socialized with other dogs or who simply wants to bite or lunge at other dogs is not the best fit to bring into an office that may have a lot of dogs there.
  4. Not everyone will love your Fido or Fluffy. Yes, your dog is the greatest dog to ever have walked the earth. You know that, but your co-workers may not feel the same. If they are afraid of dogs or are allergic to dogs, don’t force them to interact. It is a surprise to us too, but not everyone loves dogs and not everyone will love your dog.
  5. Have a safe space for your dog. If you work in a cubicle and have a cozy area in which your dog can sleep on his blanket and chew on a day, that is ideal. In case your dog simply needs to “get away from it all” he needs to have a spot in which to do so.

Here are some tips for you to keep in mind when you bring your dog to work. 

  1. Have poo bags so you can clean up any messes — indoors and out.
  2. Know whether your dog will ride an elevator if he needs to.
  3. Bring a water bowl for your dog.
  4. Bring a blanket and a favorite toy from home.
  5. Have an “escape plan.” If you dog simply cannot tolerate being in the office you need to have a way to extricate him from the situation. Can you leave work to take him home? Can you have someone come pick him up?

Will you be taking your dog to work? How do you make sure he is “office ready?”

About FIDO: 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.

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