Take your dog to work

Why you should tell your boss that taking your dog to work is a good idea

It’s been said time and time again that the presence of animals helps to alleviate stress and benefit your overall mood; this can also be true in the workplace. As demonstrated by many studies and investigations, having a pet in the workplace not only lowers stress levels but it also helps to boost morale.

There is a huge body of evidence that shows having pets around is a natural relaxant;  i’m not sure about you but there is definitely a benefit to having a less stressful work environment.

dogs at work

Is your dog well-trained

However, the increased productivity and decreased stress levels are entirely dependent on the obedience and behavior of your dog. An untrained dog that will wreak havoc on the office is not the best work enforcer.

Before you even start thinking about all the great times you and your dog are going to have at work; scoffing biscuits together, sharing the burden of junk mail etc, you first need to make sure you can actually bring in your dog in to work. That being said, the quickest way to end Take Your Dog to Work Day is to bring in a dog that can’t behave itself and will be a nuisance all day long. (Quick exit strategy?)

If you have an obedient, well-behaved dog that won’t disrupt your workday, there are still some basic guidelines to follow before letting him tag along. Prior to bringing Pepe with me to work, it is vital that I have a place for her to lay down and drink without the drama. If your dog gets over excited or nervous you must still respect that fact.

dogs playing

Keep cool, calm and collected

Depending on the nature of your work, people may be going in and out of your work place; your dog is still a dog, not a colleague. Your dog doesn’t know not to skip outside when you aren’t looking. So keep your eye out!

If you know that you want to take your dog to work right from the word go, bring your puppy along from a young age. Perhaps take him in for one day a week until he familiarises himself with the surroundings.

More paperwork

Ensuring that they are up to date on their vaccinations and are completely flea-free is a must. I recommended that you bring a copy of the paperwork proving this to work with you that day, should any concern arise.

Just keep in mind that while you may love your dog’s slobbery kisses, a co-worker may not be as big of a fan.

Be mindful of others space and privacy and always make sure he is on a lead to prevent any complaints or accidents.

Have fun!