Tips to stay productive while taking your dog to work
If you’re one of the fortunate people who is able to take your dog to work – congratulations! In honour of today being “Take your dog to work day,” here are some tips to help make it a happy experience for everyone:
Tips for taking your dog to work
- Make sure you know your workplace’s rules regarding bringing animals to work. These rules may include keeping your dog within the confines of your own workspace.
- If it’s your dog’s first time in the office, you may want to take him around to introduce him to your co-workers so he isn’t inclined to be frightened when a colleague stops by your desk. You should also speak to your colleagues before bringing in your dog to make sure they feel comfortable with it.
- Bring his water bowl so that he stays hydrated and food
- Make sure your dog gets enough exercise. Take your dog out before and after work and, if you can, at lunchtime. Maintaining a regular exercise schedule is good for your dog’s overall health and wellness. This is also beneficial for you to clear your head and get some fresh air and exercise!
- Use enrichment activities. A frozen Kong or some challenging toys help provide positive activities and keep your dog’s mind active.
- If your dog likes to cuddle, set aside a few minutes for one-on-one time! You can make sure your dog knows you’re proud of how he’s adapting to a new setting.
- If it’s practical, bring your dog’s bed or favourite blanket and place it where it is close to you but still relatively quiet. This will provide a small space that has familiar smells to your dog and will help them rest during the day.
Studies show that taking your dog to work can lower stress levels, increase productivity and encourage employee interaction. You can read this article for more information on dog-proofing your space, and click here for how to talk to HR if you don’t currently have a dog friendly workplace!
As an animal lover all the work you do
As an animal lover all the work you do to help ensure that every dog and cat can find their forever home that is filled with love is greatly appreciated.