Greetings! Welcome back for another blog post. Today I’m sharing my best advice for taking your dog to work; specifically an office setting.
🐾 Is it the best thing for you and your dog?
Is your dog’s temperament suited to office life? 🐾
🐾 Is your office suitable for a dog?
Will you be able to work as normal, without being distracted by your dog? 🐾
🐾 Will your dog be happy?
Ask yourself why you want your dog to join you at work. There are many reasons and benefits, but ultimately it has to be the best option for your dog.
I feel very fortunate work in a small, quiet office with access to the countryside, so it’s an ideal place to bring Tilly, who thankfully needs no encouragement to nap all day!
1. Ask around 👋
It goes without saying, you will need permission from your superior, or the building owner as there may be good reasons to leave your dog elsewhere, such as insurance, or hygiene.
I also think it is very important to ask other members of staff if they are comfortable with a dog in the office, or if there are any allergies. No matter how friendly a dog is, it is perfectly valid for someone to not want animals in their work space.
2. Prep your dog & colleagues 💆
- Ensure your dog is toilet trained, healthy, and clean.
- Let your colleagues know when they can expect a dog in the work place. It’s also an idea to inform staff members of your dogs dietary, and training needs.
3. Introduce your dog their new environment 📚
- Try bringing in your dog for a day, and go from there.
- Make your office space a calm, and positive environment for your dog. For us this means a ready supply of treats and (low noise) toys.
- Bring a familiar towel, bed, or crate, to help your dog settle quickly.
If Tilly looks bored, or restless, I deploy a puzzle, or treat dispensing toy. I have found these enrichment toys to be perfect for breaking up the day, as Tilly will go for often up to half an hour using her paws to shake treats loose.
✍ A few of our favourites include:
- The Odin puzzle ball from Up Dog
- TWIST ‘N’ TREAT from Devil Dood Deli
- ELEPHUNK treat ball from Devil Dood Deli
✍ Other items to bring include:
- Water & bowl
- Wipes in case your dog creates any mess
The best of both world’s. Tilly goes to day care two days a week, giving me that extra bit of focus on busy days!
💼 Introducing your dog to your office space can be an amazing thing! There are many benefits to have a canine companion in a place of work including:
- Reduced stress
- Team building. A dog brings people together… a bonding tool, and conversation starter! All great for communication.
- Encourages activity & productivity. Having Tilly in the office forces me to go for a walk at lunchtime, usually I’d just sit at my desk. When I return, I feel refreshed, and ready to continue.
Thank you for reading, I hope you found this post valuable, does your dog join you at work?
Amy & Tilly