Friday, June 25, is Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Before I had a dog, I had never heard of Take Your Dog to Work Day. Plus, I didn't adopt a dog until after I started working from home (that's right, for me, every day is Take Your Dog to Work Day!).
Keep reading for some things you should consider before taking your dog to the workplace.
To get the green light to bring your dog to work, Take Your Dog to Work offers some tips to ensure the day is smooth sailing for you and your pooch:
- Dogs should be kept on leashes when they're not in employees’ offices or cubicles.
- Employees should use pet or baby gates to prevent dogs from leaving their offices unsupervised.
- Specific areas, such as bathrooms or employee dining halls, can be designated as dog-free.
- Have a backup plan for taking the dog home if he is not comfortable in the work environment.
Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day, first celebrated in 1999, was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from animal shelters and breed-specific rescue groups. This annual event also promotes the value of pets in the workplace for one special day.
If you need to convince your workplace to recognize Take Your Dog to Work Day, try sharing some of these facts from a 2006 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association:
- 55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment.
- 53 million believe having pets in the workplace decreases absenteeism.
- 50 million believe having pets in the workplace helps co-workers get along better.
- 38 million believe having pets in the workplace creates a more productive environment.
- 46 million people who bring their pets to the workplace work longer hours.
Does your workplace celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day?
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