June 04, 2012
Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® is right around the corner...Do an office check. No one will mind your dog being in the office, right?...Check with management and co-workers to see if anyone is allergic, afraid of dogs or opposed to you bringing your dog to work on this special day. Be respectful of those you work with and plan an alternate celebration, if necessary.
2...If you plan on working with your dog, make sure your office environment is safe. Install a pet gate to keep pets (and co-workers!) safe, secure, and comfortable. Remove poisonous plants, hide electrical cords and wires and secure toxic items such as ink cartridges and permanent markers. Any office items in question should be placed out of paw’s reach. Research a poison listing at http://www.aspca.org.
3...Even dogs don’t get a second chance to make a first impression...Make plans to have your dog bathed, groomed and free of internal and external parasites before accompanying you to work. Be mindful of your dog’s “work-readiness.” Ask yourself “Will my dog enjoy this, be content and relaxed?” If not, then your pet would be happier left at home. Consider how your dog has behaved in the past around strangers before making the decision to bring him – if your dog has shown fear, irritability or aggression, or if your dog has never met strangers, the workplace is not the best place for him...If bringing your dog to the office is a goal, work with a trainer in a class or private setting first until your dog is ready. Look for a C.L.A.S.S. evaluator in your area at mydoghasclass.com.
4. Prepare a doggie bag. Include food, treats, bowls, toys, leash, paper towels, clean-up bags and pet-safe disinfectant. If you are routinely in and out of your work space, consider bringing a baby gate for your doorway or a portable kennel for your dog’s comfort and your peace of mind.
5...During an important sales call is probably not the best time for a puppy potty break. Plan your dog’s feeding time around your work schedule and be sure to choose an appropriate area for your dog to relieve himself afterward.
6...Sally from accounting and Joe in human resources may not want to play fetch or offer belly rubs, so be mindful of fellow employees’ time and space. Also, be sure to have signage on your office door that indicates a dog is inside.
To avoid pet accidents or belly aches, monitor the amount and type of treats your pet is offered. Remember that chocolate, candy and other people food should not be shared with dogs and that not all non-dog owners will be aware that these items can be very toxic to your pooch.
7...Should your dog become overly boisterous, stressed, agitated or withdrawn, consider taking him or her home or plan in advance for your professional pet sitter to offer a midday check-in visit...To find a professional pet sitter to offer midday walks for participating dogs, visit the Official Pet Sitter Locator at http://www.petsit.com/locate. For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prwebtake-your-dog-to-work-day/7-tips-for-sucess/prweb9567865.htm