Five Do’s and Don’ts for Bringing Your Dog to Work

It’s National Take Your Dog to Work Day and all the dogs are coming out to play – er, work! Is your job celebrating? If so, here are some common do’s and don’ts for brining your dog to work:

DO: Ask Your Colleagues First!

So HR says dogs are allowed, but how do your coworkers feel about it? It’s always a good idea to check in with your coworkers before bringing in such a drastic change to the office routine. You never know, someone could be allergic or even afraid of dogs. So double check with your colleagues, the last thing you want is workplace drama that could have been avoided by simple communication.

DO: Establish Pet-Free Zones or Pet-Friendly Days

Not everyone wants to be around dogs all the time, even if they like them. Though your coworkers are ok with you bringing your dog to work, too much of a good thing can become a distraction. So establish areas in the office where dogs aren’t allowed. Another option is the have something of a “casual Friday” where only on certain days of the week are employees allowed to bring their pets.

DONT: Leave Your Dog Unsupervised

Whether or not your dog is required to be on a leash while at work with you, you should always keep an eye on your pup. You don’t want your dog wondering off into dangerous or forbidden areas, coming in contact with or ingesting things he shouldn’t. So if you have a door to your office, keep it closed, and if not, make sure you always know where your dog is.

DO: “Dog-proof” Your Office

Make sure any electrical cords are hidden so that your dog doesn’t try to chew them. Floors must be cleaned, trashcans covered, and important documents, files, or thumb drives should be out of reach. For the safety of your coworkers, ensure that that they cannot accidently trip over the dog leash or step on any dog toys laying around.

DON’T: Bring Your Dog to Work Unprepared

Your dog should have basic behavioral training and most importantly be potty trained before he starts his first day of work. You don’t want him jumping on desks, clients, or peeing on the carpet! If you’re having any trouble training your dog, consult with your veterinarian on best practices for behavioral training.

Additionally, you and your dog should be coming to work equipped with all the toys, treats, and dog food he needs, along with a dog bed for lunchtime naps, of course! You don’t want your dog getting restless or whiney because he hasn’t got things to keep him busy and entertained.