Top Tips for Take Your Dog to Work Day
Kaitlyn Libby, CVT
Veterinary Information Specialist
Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWD) was created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International to celebrate the companionship of dogs and promote adoptions. While this may sound like a frivolous holiday, studies have shown that allowing dogs in the workplace helps to reduce stress as well as increase productivity and overall job satisfaction.
Working remotely for Pet Poison Helpline allows me the great pleasure of celebrating this holiday every day of the year which (in my opinion) makes me a bit of an expert. This year marks the 20th anniversary of TYDTWD and if you are planning to participate, keep these tips in mind to make sure the day goes smoothly for you, your pooch and your co-workers!
- Maintain good health
- Ensure your dog is in good health, well-groomed and up to date on vaccines and monthly prevention
- Dog proof your office
- Clear your work space of any possible toxins including cleaning products, candy or plants, hide electrical cords or other dangerous items that may be enticing to chew and make sure your dog is always under direct supervision
- Pack a doggie bag
- Bring food/water, a collar and leash, waste bags, toys/treats, a blanket or bed and anything else your dog may need to be comfortable
- Consider your co-workers
- Be sensitive to employees that may be allergic or afraid of dogs by keeping your pup confined to your work space
- Prepare an exit strategy
- Not all dogs enjoy the workplace (can you blame them?) and that’s okay! Have a backup plan in case your dog becomes anxious, destructive or needs a break
Take Your Dog To Work Day is an exciting privilege. With a little preparation it can be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone. Be safe, be courteous and get those dogs to work!