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Dog sat at desk with employees. (Image: Drew Hays on Unsplash)
More of us than usual are working from home this year, thanks to the pandemic, but for those who are in the office, June 25 is the day you’ve got the best chance of persuading your boss to let you work with your dog by your side.
It’s Bring Your Dog to Work Day, also known as Take Your Dog to Work Day – and we are so here for it.
To many, this idea will sound amazing (including us here at TeamDogs) because who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by dogs when working?
But it’s important to remember the needs not only of the dogs but of your colleagues, if you’re planning to take your pet to work.
Bringing dogs to work has many benefits because it can reduce stress, boost morale and give people in the office the incentive to exercise while at work. New research shows that 28 per cent of dog owners would like to take their dog into work for the first time when lockdown restrictions ease.
Dog working at a desk. (Image: Pavel Herceg on Unsplash)
A great tip for helping your dog be comfortable in the workplace is to make sure you take some home comforts with you. Things like their bed and their toys will give them the home from home feel, helping them settle while you work. You may also want to pack some treats to reward any good behaviour during your dog’s stay at the office.
It’s crucial that your dog is well trained for the office environment because your bosses and colleagues could find loud barking, running and jumping around and other bad habits distracting.
Barking isn’t always the easiest behaviour to control. Sean recommends ignoring the barking as much as possible which should help discourage it. Remember to reward the good behaviour rather than punishing the bad.
To make sure your dog is comfortable in the office area, it’s a good idea to walk them around the room so they can meet the people they’ll be around.
If there are other dogs in the office, make sure to introduce your dog with theirs. Walking is usually a good way to do this. The dogs would more than likely appreciate a treat for their efforts so rewarding them will be the encouragement they need to behave well again next time.
The commute to work can be as much of a struggle for you as it is for your dog so make sure they are used to the car and travelling to more places than the vets and the groomers – two places they’re probably not too keen on.
Don’t forget to toilet train your dog before heading into the office to avoid dealing with accidents. When your dog is at work, regular walks and outdoor bathroom breaks should discourage them from doing their business inside.
Dog wearing glasses. (Image: Jamie Street on Unsplash)
Again, rewarding your dog when they’ve been outside could give them the encouragement they need. If an accident does happen, don’t punish them because this can make things worse. Make sure you have all the necessary cleaning supplies with you.
Much like humans, dogs can become stressed in workplaces too. If you notice your dog being stressed, give them a break from the office or a chance to calm down.
There are some signs to look out for that could indicate that your dog is stressed.
Sometimes dogs will pull their ears back against their head and maybe even have a tense body posture. If your dog is licking their lips or nose but hasn’t eaten a meal or had a drink beforehand, this can be a sign of stress so give them some space.
Scratching when you think your dog shouldn’t have a reason to scratch is also a tell-tale sign of stressing. If your dog is full-body shaking like they would after a bath, this could be a way of them trying to shake off the stress. When your dog is stressed, they may also tuck their tail between their legs.
Be aware of the way your dog’s eyes are looking. If their head is turned one way and their eyes another, in a sidelong glance, it means they’re on the lookout for threat. This can be referred to as ‘whale eyes’. A barking or growling dog usually wants to be left alone so bear this in mind too.
When taking your dog to work remember to think about their needs and take note of the tips mentioned here for a pleasant trip to the office. We hope you and your dog have a great day!