Dogs have been man’s best friend far back into pre-history when they became domesticated by choosing to live and work alongside mankind. From the very beginning, they worked alongside us, hunting and tracking and even keeping us safe at night by growling and barking when danger reared its ugly head. In modern day, this relationship has been forgotten, and the poor pooch is now left to sit at home while we go about our daily business. Take Your Dog to Work Day is set to change this old policy back again, and bring the happy puppy back into our daily work lives.
History of Take Your Dog to Work Day
Pet Sitters international decided, in 1996, that there were far too many instances of people leaving their animals at home while they went about their workday. These amazing people are dedicated to saving animals from local shelters and humane shelters, and helping them find good homes with people who will love and respect them. As part of this, they developed Take Your Dog to Work Day as an attempt to help restore puppies to the workplace and help people understand the human-animal bond.
So take the time on Take Your Dog to Work Day to bring your puppy to work and help educate others on the importance of saving these amazing critters from a rescue shelter and the streets.
- Come prepared –Make sure you have bowls for water and food, as well as dog treats on hand. Also, don’t forget to bring a leash and collar.
- Respect boundaries –You should be aware of and respect your colleague’s boundaries. Some of your co-workers may be allergic to pet dander. Others might not feel comfortable around pets. Make sure your pet does not stray from your immediate workspace or the designated boundaries.
- Make sure your canine can cope with “cube life” – Keeping your pet in your cubicle is a good way for your dog to remain in a designated area. As people get up and move around for meetings or casual conversations, make sure your dog is not distracted by noises and starts to wander into others’ cubes or the kitchen area.
- Have a backup plan –Not every dog will warm to the workplace. Some will become agitated or anxious, so pet owners should have backup plans allowing them to leave the office. A quick trip down the exit stairwell for fresh air and a bathroom break could ward off a larger disruption. Anxious dogs in the office will only lead to other visiting pets becoming distracted.
- Properly discard of lunches –Many dogs like foraging for food in garbage cans. Assume Fido will consider the wastebaskets under desks at the office or the trash receptacle in the break room as good places to grab a snack — especially after lunch.
- Make sure your pet plays well with others – It is likely that you won’t be the only one at your job bringing a pet to work. Some dogs would do fine if they were the only canine in the office. Add a few more, and perhaps some cats, and circumstances could change dramatically. Have an accurate sense of what the workplace atmosphere will be, and determine whether it is a good fit for your pet. In the same regard, make sure your pet is friendly with other humans, too. You do not want a dog in the office that gets agitated with strangers or with other pets.
- Make sure your workplace is observing the holiday – Just because Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day doesn’t mean your employer will approve of your pet tagging along with you to the office. In fact, a poll found that nearly half of respondents wished they could bring their pets to work, but only 12 percent were allowed to do so.
If your work doesn’t have a Take Your Dog to Work Day organized, you can be the one to spearhead this idea and help bring some doggie goodness to your office. Who knows, you may find some more dog fans in your co-workers, and maybe every day will become Take Your Dog to Work Day!