Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day, sponsored by Pet Sitters International. Dogs tend to have a soothing effect on people, and studies have proven that having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment, lowers stress and decreases employee absenteeism.
The American Kennel Club offers the following tips for those planning to participate.
Survey the surroundings. Before you bring your dog to the office, pet-proof your space. Keep all cabinets and trash cans secure. Remove anything smaller than a tennis ball or items within your dog's reach that have sharp edges or that could be choking hazards. Cover exposed electrical cords or outlets to prevent your dog from chewing them.
Do your research. Ask your co-workers if they are allergic to or afraid of dogs. In addition to your dog being comfortable, you want to make sure those around him are too.
Good behavior. Your dog should be well-trained and housebroken before going to the office. Also, make sure he is socialized and safe around strangers. If your dog is unnerved by changes in environment or social situations, the attention and strange noises associated with an office may cause your dog undue stress.
Health. If you would stay home from work because of an illness, so should your dog.
Dress to impress. Make sure your dog is clean and well-groomed before you take him to work. A dirty dog might cause complaints.
Bring the necessities. Remember a water bowl, chew toys, treats, clean-up bags and a leash.