TAKE YOUR PET TO WORK DAY
Here are some "Petiquette" tips to make sure that you and Rover both have a great take your pet to work day.
- Get your shots. Make sure your dog has all his immunization records, including Kennel Cough, and bring them with you. This will let everyone know that your pooch is happy and healthy, and ready to meet new friends. June is the start of flea, tick and heartworm season. Make sure that your dog is protected.
- Bring only pet-friendly and people-friendly dogs. Nobody likes an office boor, even if it’s on four legs. Many owners mistakenly think their dog is better behaved than she is. Before visiting the office take your dog to doggy daycare or off- leash dog parks. Provide lots of opportunities to meet other dogs and their owners. Watch her reactions closely.
Before meeting a new person make sure Rover sits and waits to be greeted. Nobody wants paw prints on their dress pants --don’t let her jump up.
- Learn the loose leash technique. Nervous owners make for nervous dogs. When meeting another dog for the first time, make sure the leash is slack. If you pull on the leash, you are signaling to your dog that you’re nervous. This can make your dog feel trapped and he might react badly.
- Bring your own food, treats and toys for take your dog to work day. Remember, you still want to get some work done. A few of your dog’s favorite things can help keep him occupied. Plus, without his own toys, the temptation to steal a nibble or a toy from a friend might just be too great. You don’t want an office altercation.
- Respect your dog’s ‘roof-tine’. Dogs hunt, eat, sleep, and poop...ALMOST always in that order. Before bringing your dog into the office take your dog for a nice long walk and give her a bite to eat. A full stomach and some tired legs will put her on her best behavior and ready to meet new friends. Take plenty of breaks to give you a chance to stretch your legs and give her a chance to do some business of her own.
- You may have to fire your dog. “Sorry Fido, things just aren’t working out.” Not all dogs are ready to be taken to work. If your dog cannot behave himself, it’s time to remove him from the situation. Speak with your co-workers about resources and techniques they have used to train their dogs. Next year, you can speak to your employer and try again.