As Woodstock Businesses Become More Dog-Friendly, Here Are Some Tips for Making Your Dog a Star Employee
Many businesses are starting to notice the benefits associated with allowing their employees to bring their pets to work – there is even a day dedicated to bring your pet to work… definitely a new spin on the old-fashioned bring your child to work! As more and more businesses notice the positive effects of having pets in the office, it only takes a few bad habits to make them change their minds.
If you plan on taking your pet to work, whether daily or for the first time, here are some tips to ensure a successful experience:
- Obtain consent.
While it may seem fairly obvious to ask your boss for permission before letting your four-legged friend sleep under your desk, you may consider asking your co-workers and fellow office mates as well. Some people might be allergic to dogs and other may not possess the same affection. Most of the time co-workers welcome the idea of a new playmate, but it’s always good to ask first.
- Establish a schedule.
You know how often your pet likes to go outside during the weekend when you’re home, so try to stick to a consistent schedule in the office to avoid discomfort for your dog and potential accidents. Try to take breaks throughout the day and work a walk into your lunch break. If you get busy, perhaps a co-worker wouldn’t mind some fresh air with your pup!
- Practice commands.
Even the friendliest dogs can become territorial of your space, especially in a new environment. Before bringing your pet to work, practice simple commands such as sit and stay, the later coming in handy for time away from your desk. You don’t want your pet wandering around the office looking for you while you’re in a meeting. Make sure your dog is well behaved and not distracting to you while at work, other employees or clients.
- Create a doggie drawer.
Just as you would pack a bag for a long trip or an over-night stay for your pet, keep essential amenities in a drawer at your office. Remember to bring a water bowl, a leash and spare collar, something comfortable to lie on and a few treats. It might be a good idea to throw in some dogs today or a chew bone as well in case they get a bit restless.
- Update records.
Not only should you make sure that your pet is current on all vaccinations before bringing him or her to your place of work, you should also keep copies of the records on file in the doggie drawer. While your pet may be healthy, if there are other dogs in the office you need to make sure that you have all the information needed in the event of an emergency. Should you need to have copies made, give us a call and we can fax them over.
Taking your dog to work is a great way to keep motivation high and create a warmer professional atmosphere. With proper preparation and your pet’s loving disposition, your co-workers are sure to love hanging around your office!