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Taking Your Pet to Work

Stress is everywhere in the workplace these days. What better way to reduce this stress than by bringing your lovable dog to work with you? Pets in the workplace is becoming more common, but bringing your pet to work comes with some basic courtesies to make sure business isn't disrupted.

Researchers have discovered that pets provide many health benefits, one of which is lowering of the blood pressure. Dogs in the workplace can help to lower stress - not just for the owner, but for other dog-loving employees, too! Here are a few tips to help make it a success for you, for the dog, and for the company, too:

  • Only bring dogs that are well-socialized and well-behaved. Your pooch must be able to get along with other people and pets, and must not bark, fight, or otherwise misbehave (okay, dogs bark, but they should stop when told). You are still at a place of business; your pet must not disrupt the work of your coworkers or clients.

    If you find your dog getting restless or bored - which can lead to 'bad' behavior - try providing him with more exercise before work. Tired dogs are good dogs! Take him out for a long walk before work so that he'll be calm when you get in. At lunch, play a game of fetch or take him for a jog. If you can't provide him with enough exercise, think of hiring someone else to do it for you.

    Another thing you can try is to bring along his favorite chew toy. Make sure it's a quiet one, though, as your colleagues may be driven crazy by an enthusiastic dog squeaking his toy for hours on end!

    And of course, make sure your dog has regular bathroom breaks. You can't blame a dog for misbehaving when he's really got to go!

  • Bring doggie essentials. Bring a food and water bowl, some toys (no noisy ones!), a blanket or bed, and some treats. Keep a clean-up kit handy just in case your dog has an accident.

  • Keep your dog confined to your space. Hard though it may be to believe, some people are not fond of dogs. Others may have allergies. Regardless of the reason, it's your responsibility to keep your dog within your own space.

    Some ways to do this include tying his leash to your desk; erecting a pet gate; using a kennel; or simply shutting your office door.

Pets in the workplace is growing in popularity. There are thousands upon thousands of people who would love to have their pets beside them at work. If you're one of the lucky ones with this opportunity, take some time to help your dog adjust. You'll be able to enjoy each other's companionship throughout the day - and your dog can bask in the attention of your pet-loving co-workers and possibly even a few new doggie-friends!