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Get Ready for Take your Dog to Work Day

Local pet care expert Joan Nieman offers advice for making “Take Your Dog to Work” Day a success in your workplace.

By Joan Nieman

This Friday (June 22) will be celebrated by pet lovers nationwide as “Take Your Dog to Work” Day and some area companies will permit pets to visit the workplace for this special occasion.

At our company headquarters here in Norwalk, every day is take your dog to work day. Our staff bring their dogs to the office regularly and on any given day, you'll find a dozen dogs of all shapes and sizes sharing offices and conference rooms with our employees. 

Yes, we are in the pet care business.  But having dogs in the office can be a positive experience for everyone. Here are some suggestions for making “take your dog to work” day a success at your office:

First, be realistic about your pet's temperament and training. You have to know that your dog will behave appropriately around other dogs. If your dog does well at the dog park or regularly attends doggy day camp and is comfortable in social settings, she should do well at the office. 

Second, talk to co-workers in advance about any concerns they may have.  Someone with severe allergies or an overwhelming fear of dogs won’t appreciate even the gentlest canine -- and that could spoil the day for everyone.

Third, bring along the necessary supplies to make the visit easier on both pets and co-workers.  This includes a pet or baby gate, so the dog can be restricted to one area; a water bowl, plus a plastic mat for under the bowl to prevent damage to office carpeting; and plastic bags for cleaning up after the pet’s “business” walks.

Above all, be respectful of your co-workers so everyone -- including your dogs -- have a great day.

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For more advice on successfully negotiating Take your Dog to Work Day, visit Nieman’s blog.

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Nancy Jones June 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I have worked in many places as a pet healthcare professional where we were encouraged to bring our dogs to work! It was awesome to have my best pal sleeping under my desk on her bed all day instead of being stuck at home! The dogs make friends and they bring employees together when they might not otherwise bond! I highly reccomend dogs at work in every environment! If you are relaxed about it, the chaos is minimal and it improves employee morale dramatically! Thanks for the info on this event! It's awesome!
Leslie Yager June 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I just added my 2 dogs. Not much room for me at the desk...
Paula Antolini June 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Nice foot warmers too Leslie LOL. When I'm on my large computer at my desk my lab likes to curl up BEHIND by chair. Makes "driving" my rolling chair hazardous! I need a rear-view chair mirror LOL.
Leslie Yager June 21, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Yes to the rear-view chair mirror, Paula!
Paula Antolini June 21, 2012 at 12:06 AM
BTW....I know how to spell "heart".......I have a bad E key LOL.

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