More and more establishments are becoming dog-friendly, and the workplace is one of them. The presence of a dog at the office can actually reduce stress and make people more collaborative. Additionally, some employers see it as a perk to entice talent, especially since so many people have gotten used to working from home over the last year due to the pandemic.
Whatever the reasons might be, if you are thinking about bringing your dog to the office, here are some handy tips to make sure your four-legged friend enjoys their time at work and that your colleagues enjoy having them there.
Do not assume it is okay to bring your dog to work. You might have colleagues who are allergic to dogs or are afraid of them.
Even if other coworkers bring their dogs to the office, make sure to get permission from the powers that be first. Furthermore, your boss or supervisor might not want too many dogs in the office at one time, which means you will need to coordinate with your colleagues who bring their dogs.
It almost goes without saying that your dog should be well trained. The office is a serious place — not a dog park. Just as you should be on your best behavior at work, so too should your dog.
Many dogs are curious about their environment and want to inspect everything. For this reason, you must dog-proof the office. Important documents, trash cans, and small objects that are easily accessible to your dog should be moved out of the way, as well as anything that could harm your dog, like loose cords.
Remember to bring water, food, treats, a leash, toys, and things to chew on, as well as cleaning supplies for any unfortunate accidents.
Even though you might find yourself engrossed in your work, remember that your dog still needs to take regular potty breaks. That said, make sure you have waste bags.
If you anticipate that you will be particularly busy at work on a certain day, play it safe and leave your dog at home. When you are rushing to meet a deadline, the last thing you need is to be interrupted by your dog.
A special spot
Bring a cozy doggy bed from home. Keep the bed near your desk so your dog will have their own special spot to rest.
Unless your dog is exceptionally well trained, it is a good idea to always keep them on a leash.
Establish a buddy/introductions
Be sure to introduce your dog to everybody in the office. If one of your colleagues has a particular love for dogs, have that person be your dog’s “office buddy”. You can keep an extra dog bed at this person’s desk — with their permission. Should you have to leave the office, your dog’s office buddy can keep an eye on things.
You know your dog best, and if you bring them to work, then you must monitor their emotional and behavioral state throughout the day. If they seem overwhelmed, make sure you have a crate handy, or have a friend or relative who can pick them up if need be.