Preparing To Take Your Dog To Work With You

Published: 6/25/2021
Every year, pups all around the country look forward to one particular day in June when they don’t have to stay behind when their humans go to work. Take Your Dog to Work Day has been celebrated on the Friday following Father’s Day since 1999, giving canines everywhere a very good reason to wag their tails.

Taking place on June 25 this year, this puptastic event was created by Pet Sitters International to celebrate man’s best friend and promote more adoptions. It also allows employers to experience the fun of having four-legged “employees” in the workplace for one day and encourages them to support their local pet communities.

If your company is participating in Take Your Dog to Work Day, keep in mind that bringing your pooch to the office entails more than just showing up to work with your pup in tow. Some preparation is required, but don’t worry as Wag! has got you covered. Here are six tips to ensure that you, your furry pal, and your coworkers will all have a pawsitive experience on Take Your Dog to Work Day.


#1 Not all dogs are a good fit for the office.
As much as we want to take our pups to work and show them off to our colleagues, we have to bear in mind that not every dog will fit into an office environment. If your pooch has shown aggression, territorialism, fear, or irritability in the past, then it would be better if they stayed at home. The same goes for canines who have never met strangers or tend to jump up to greet people, even if they have friendly intentions. You know your dog best, so you should be able to tell how they’ll potentially behave if they tag along to your workplace.


#2 Make sure your pup is “work-ready.”
If you can see your four-legged friend fitting into your typical workday, prepare them for the big day by having them bathed and groomed, and ensuring that their vaccinations are up to date. In addition, keep training and socializing them with people and other canines, as a well-trained and socialized dog makes for a model canine employee. This doesn’t mean that your pooch has to undergo advanced or extensive training; as long as they can follow basic commands and greet people and other dogs properly, they’re “fit to work” and should do well in an office environment.


#3 Dog-proof your space.
Make sure there are no potential hazards lurking in your work area before you bring your furry friend in. Don’t leave small objects such as paper clips and staple wires out in the open. Store toxic items like permanent markers and correction fluid securely and properly. Keep important documents out of reach. Hide electrical cords, remove poisonous plants, and cover the trash cans. Also don’t assume that your dog-free coworkers are going to puppy-proof their space, so bring a baby gate as well.


#4 Pack the essentials.
To keep your dog happy and comfortable throughout the workday, don't forget to bring food, treats, bowls, toys, waste bags, cleaning supplies, and, as mentioned earlier, a baby gate. Since it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to watch your pup all the time, setting up a baby gate or enclosure ensures that they’ll stay in their designated area while you’re busy working or in case you need to step away for a bit. Dogs are naturally curious creatures, and even a well-trained pooch might wander off and unintentionally disturb your coworkers.


#5 Plan breaks outside.
Schedule some time outside during the day to give your dog a chance to stretch their legs and relieve themselves. Don’t expect your pooch to go 8 hours without a break, so be sure to take them outside for about 15 minutes at least a couple of times throughout the workday. A quick walk around the block will leave both of you feeling more energized by the time you return to your desk. If possible, bring them along on your lunch break too.


#6 Have a backup plan.
It’s good to have an exit strategy in case your dog stops having fun at the office. Pay attention to their emotional and behavioral state throughout the day, and be prepared to take them home or have a friend or family member pick them up should they become agitated or withdrawn. Never force your dog to stick around if they’re clearly not enjoying being at work.

With a bit of planning and preparation, taking your dog to work with you can be a woofderful way to spend time with your canine BFF. And who knows, if they make a good impression on your boss and colleagues, every day just might become Take Your Dog to Work Day!