Tips to help you and your pooch have a GREAT day at the office!
Friday, June 22nd is National Take Your Dog to Work Day, and more and more companies are allowing employees to participate. With a bit of careful planning, you and your dog can have a fun filled day on the job.
- If your employer is not hosting a companywide event to celebrate National Take Your Dog to Work Day be sure you ask permission before assuming your dog will be welcomed. Each employer and building will have different rules.
- Once you have permission to bring along Fido the real planning begins. First and foremost, make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations. It’s important that your pooch is safeguarded against disease, including rabies, the distemper multi virus vaccine (DHLPP), bordatella and canine influenza. And if your pooch seems under the weather leave them home to rest.
- Evaluate your pet’s ability to participate in the work event. Not every dog is going to be comfortable in an office setting. The event is meant to be enjoyable for both you and your pooch, so the last thing you want is for your dog to be in a day long time out session!
- Be sure to plan extra exercise the morning of the event. Add a longer walk/run or extra game in the morning to burn off excess energy before you head to the office.
- Bring along supplies. Much like a play date for kids, a doggy bag can help make the day easier on everyone. A few suggestions: food, treats, and fresh water (including travel bowls), a favorite blanket/pillow/bed for resting, a puzzle toy to keep them distracted, and doggy scoop bags (accidents happen, be prepared!).
- An overexcited pet can often be calmed down by a short walk away from people, noise, and excitement. Keep a close eye on your pet, and take them out to stretch their legs if they need a break.
- If your pet seems stressed out or it just isn’t working, take them home or have a backup plan in place (perhaps arrangements with a nearby boarding facility). Never leave your pet unattended outside or in the car!
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