6 Tips For A Successful “Take Your Dog to Work Day”
"Take Your Dog to Work Day" is June 22!!
Since the concept was launched in 1999, "Take Your Dog To Work Day" has become a huge success celebrated by many companies.
After all, what business wouldn’t benefit from a little furry face and some unconditional love?
Pet Sitters International coined the term and came up with the idea as a way to help homeless animals find permanent and loving homes. Witnessing the bond between owners and their dogs can help convince non-dog owners that they need a furry companion in their life.
So, first off, you should ask your boss if you and your coworkers can get involved in "Take Your Dog to Work Day." Hopefully, no one at your work is allergic!
Next, you must make sure that your best friend is prepared!
Here Are My 6 Tips for a Successful "Take Your Dog to Work Day"
1. Make an Appointment With Your Vet
Your dog should be vaccinated and evaluated to ensure he is healthy for a full shift at your work.
Dogs with allergies, infections, or arthritis should be medically cleared before TYDTWD.
2. Trim Your Dog’s Nails
On the off chance that your dog jumps on someone, his nails should be short and dremeled or filed smooth.
Your dog definitely shouldn’t be jumping! Especially if you want to be a part of TYDTWD next year! ;)
3. Work on Your Dog's Manners
Only really well-behaved, and social, dogs should be involved in TYDTWD.
But even really well-behaved dogs may need to spruce up their obedience a little, before the big day!
I suggest before the big day that you work with and train your dog five times a day for 5-20 minutes a session.
Let’s face it; you want your dog to be a rock star!
So, you may need to brush up on his obedience.
4. Work on "Place"
Work on the “place” command so you can tell your dog where to go and lay down while he is at work.
By bringing his bed, a blanket, or even a towel or washcloth, he will know he has a safe place to lay down and where it is in your office.
One of the major things we taught our Service Dogs was where to lay at work and how to do "long down stays."
A dog that happily lays down on his bed for a few hours will be a lot easier to coexist with than a dog that can’t sit still.
Consider bringing your dog's crate.
5. Puppy Proof Your Office
Be sure to puppy proof your office, before bringing your dog to work.
I like to have people get on their hands and knees and look around from your dog’s perspective.
Tuck in wires, hide cords and put up anything that could be dangerous for your dog.
6. The Big Day
Get up a little early.
Pack your dog some toys and some treats for the workday.
Spend some time exercising your dog before it is time to go to work.
A tired dog will be much happier and much more pleasant to spend time with while you are at work! :)
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.