Do's and Dont's of Taking Your Dog to Work - Dog Training Tips
As Bark Busters trainers, we often get to take our dog/s to work to assist us with teaching other dogs the concept of socialisation. We are lucky we get to spend a lot of time with our canine companions.
Take Your Dog to Work Day was started by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1999 to "celebrate the great companions dogs make and encourage their adoptions." Studies have shown that dogs decrease stress in the workplace. They make employees more creative, more productive, and nicer to each other. Companies, big and small, are realising the benefits of dogs in the workplace, and are allowing their employees to bring dogs to work every day!
However, not every work environment is conducive to dogs and nor does every dog have the temperament to go with you to work. Your dog depends on you for his basic needs, including feeling safe wherever you take him. Preparing him well in advance of excursions to your workplace can ensure that you, your dog and your colleagues will have an enjoyable experience in the new environment.
If you are going to take your dog to work, here are some suggestions to make the experience positive:
- Keep your dog on a lead in public areas - don't assume all dogs are well mannered and friendly
- Bring your own water and food bowls
- Bring a dog blanket or toys so your dog feels at home
- Use a baby gate or crate to keep your dog confined to your area
- Take the stairs - your dog or other employees might not be comfortable in a confined space on the elevator
- Prepare your work area by removing all cords, trash and valuable paperwork
- Clean up after your dog
- Realise that all dogs are NOT designed to be in the workplace
- Assume all your colleagues love dogs as well
- Bring a fearful or aggressive dog to work
- Leave your dog alone with other dogs at work
- Force your dog to make friends with other dogs
- Bring your dog if he is sick or has a contagious illness
And the most important rule - have fun!