Friday, June 26 is Take Your Dog to Work Day. As fun as this may sound to some pet owners, others won’t be as enthused when Rover gives them wet kisses or chews on some important files.
“It’s an etiquette nightmare waiting to happen,” says Jacqueline Whitmore, an etiquette expert, author and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach.
Whitmore offers these seven ‘petiquette’ tips:
– Practice makes perfect. Make sure your dog can interact politely and adapt well to unfamiliar surroundings before you take him to the office so that he can put his best paw forward.
– Be respectful of others. Don’t be surprised if some of your co-workers are allergic or uncomfortable around dogs. Honor their wishes and refrain from introducing your dog to them.
– Don’t allow your dog to wander. Teach your dog to lie down quietly under your desk or at your feet while you work. Keep your dog off the office furniture and don’t allow your dog to jump on people whenever they greet him. An ill-mannered dog can be a nuisance and may not be invited back to the office.
– Proceed with caution. Just like people, some dogs are shy and introverted. So don’t assume all dogs want to meet your dog. Allow the other dogs some time to get to know your dog before you let them play together.
– Ask permission. Even friendly dogs can get excited and play too rough if not carefully supervised. Use your best judgment before you introduce your dog to a new dog. It’s never hurts to ask, “Is your dog friendly?”
– Try not to leave your dog alone for a long period of time. It’s a moot point to take your dog to work if you have to be in meetings all day. Make sure you have plenty of quality time to spend with him.
– Give your dog a break. Even dogs get bored if they are inactive for too long. Be sure to pack plenty of toys for him to play with. Also take your dog outside for a couple of walks during the day. The sunshine and fresh air will be good for both of you.
Doggies on the Job by Peter Nash
66% of workers said that they were willing to take a cut in pay to bring their dogs to work. 95% of people said they would be less stressed and 94% said they would be happier and more productive if they had their dogs at work. An astonishing 91% replied that having their dogs at work would make them get along with their co-workers better.All of this is surprising given that only 24% of American workers are allowed to bring their dog to work and the most successful companies like Google, Ben & Jerry’s and Amazon continue to be voted best to work at year after year partially because of their dog friendly work environments.