Fido's favorite day is on the horizon!
Thousands of pet owners will tote their four legged friends to the office in celebration of the 16th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day on Friday, June 20.
Take Your Dog To Work Day was first celebrated in 1999 to show the bond between dogs and their owners, while encouraging pet adoption from humane societies and rescues.
Many businesses open their doors to furry friends not only on this day but all year, with many citing a happier work environment when pets are present.
Pet Sitters International has some tips to help make the annual event a success for humans and pets:
1. Do an office check. Check with management and co-workers to see if anyone is allergic, afraid of or opposed to you bringing your dog to work on this special day. Be respectful of those you work with and plan an alternate celebration, if necessary.
2. Puppy-proof your work space. If you plan on working with your dog, make sure your office environment is safe. Remove poisonous plants and pesticides, hide electrical cords and wires and secure toxic items such as permanent markers.
3. Make sure Fido is fit for work. Even dogs don??t get a second chance to make a first impression. Be sure your dog??s shots are current. Make plans to have your dog bathed and groomed before accompanying you to work. Be mindful of your dog??s ??work readiness.??
4. Prepare a doggie bag. Include food, treats, bowls, toys, leash, paper towels, clean-up bags and pet-safe disinfectant. If you are routinely in and out of your work space, consider bringing a baby gate for your doorway or a portable kennel for your dog??s comfort and your peace of mind.
5. Plan your pet??s feeding times carefully. During an important sales call is probably not the best time for a puppy potty break. Plan your dog??s feeding time around your work schedule and be sure to choose an appropriate area for your dog to relieve himself afterward.
6. Avoid forcing co-workers to interact with your dog. Dog lovers will make themselves known. To avoid pet accidents, monitor the amount of treats your pet is being given from your co-workers.
7. Have an exit strategy. Although most dogs enjoy TYDTWDay, your pet may not. Should your dog become overly boisterous, agitated or withdrawn, consider taking him home or plan in advance for your professional pet sitter to offer a midday check-in visit. Never, under any circumstance, leave your pet alone in a vehicle while you work.
The ASPCA also has a few helpful hints to dog-proof your office digs.
One important tip from animal experts is to brush up on your pet's etiquette basics. Go over Sit, Stay and Come, and you should be off to a great start. If your little furry friend still hasn't quite gotten the hang of the whole manners thing, you may want to hold off on bringing her into the office until she's honed her skills.
For more help honing the skills of your canine companion, check out some training tips in the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center online.
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