PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Friday marks the 16th annual celebration of “Take Your Dog To Work Day” for many businesses across the globe.
Pet Sitters International (PSI) created the day in 1999, “to celebrate the great companions dogs make and encourage their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies.”
If your workplace is participating, PSI offers some tips for dog owners to help ensure management, employees and pets are all comfortable on Take Your Dog To Work Day:
1. Dogs should be kept on leashes, unless in the employee’s office or cubicle. Even the best-behaved dogs may not understand that not everyone loves puppy kisses or pouncing pooches. Respect co-workers’ space by keeping your dog leashed when outside of your office or cubicle. Co-workers who want to pet your dog will likely come to you.
2. Employees should use baby gates to prevent dogs from leaving their offices or cubicles unsupervised. In the middle of an important sales call or during a visit from a business partner is not the best time for Fido to dash out of your office. Give your dog space to explore your office and avoid an unplanned escape by using a baby gate.
3. Specific areas, such as bathrooms or employee dining halls, should be designated as dog-free. Even on “Take Your Dog To Work Day,” there will be limitations to where your dog can roam. Work with management and co-workers to decide which areas will be dog-free.
4. Have a back-up plan for taking the dog home if he is not comfortable in the work environment. While most dogs love spending a day at the office, it may be that your dog is not ready to enter the workforce. Have a back-up plan, such as a spouse, friend or professional pet sitter who can take care of your pet if he needs to leave the office.
For more information, visit: http://www.takeyourdog.com.
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