As the bond between humans and animals gets stronger (millennials are increasingly opting for fur “children” over the human variety), more businesses are implementing dog-friendly policies. If you’re lucky enough to work in an office that’s ideal for dogs, it’s important that you determine if your dog is ideal for the office before he becomes your canine colleague. Dogs in the workplace should be:
- Up to date on vaccines — Some diseases carried by dogs can be transmitted to humans, including internal and external parasites, viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Protect yourself, your colleagues, and your dog by ensuring he’s properly vaccinated.
- Spayed/neutered — We wouldn’t want to add to the unwanted pet population, would we?
- Well-trained — Dogs in the workplace should understand basic commands, like come, stay, sit, and down. They should also be house (or…office?) trained and have good manners (no begging for your colleague’s lunch or jumping on furniture). Be sure your dog does well on a leash and is generally nonreactive in a variety of situations.
- Properly exercised — Some dogs have an abundance of energy that must be expelled through regular exercise. Don’t bring your pup into the office and expect him to nap while you work if he hasn’t had his daily walk.
- Thoroughly socialized — If your dog isn’t accustomed to being around other dogs or humans, it’s probably best he stays home.
- Friendly and laid back — No one gets along with everyone they encounter, but your dog should have a generally friendly disposition and shouldn’t mind getting attention. If your pup has a track record of fighting with other dogs or if he’s ever bitten a person, don’t bring him to the office. Also, the workplace can induce anxiety or stress (in more ways than one!), so watch for signs of stress in your pup, including laid-back ears, excessive lip licking, decreased appetite, diarrhea, constipation, aggression, and others.
Ready to hire your dog? Be sure to bring plenty of supplies, including a bed/blanket, a few favorite toys, a water bowl, treats, cleaning supplies, and anything else you think your dog might need to be comfortable throughout the day. And, call our office to verify that your dog is up-to-date on his vaccines. Dogs can be some of the best coworkers if they are fit for the workplace!