Take Your Dog To Work Day

Take Your Dog To Work Day
June 19, 2010 by Connie Wilson

One of the perks of being the boss at Modern Dog is that I get to make the rules. The very first rule I made was "Dogs Welcome" - all employees at Modern Dog are welcome to bring their dogs to work with them every day. It seems like a long time ago now, but I recall when I worked in more conventional office environments where dogs weren't allowed. Saying good-bye to my Kaya-girl as I left for work each morning and seeing those sad doe eyes when she realized she wasn't going with me, made me feel depressed and anxious. Kaya was always a bit of a Nervous Nelly and separation anxiety hard to keep at bay. That's why I'd race home at lunch time to check on her taking her out for a quick walk and pee break before dashing back to work again. It was stressful for both of us and now easily forgotten in Modern Dog's dog-friendly environment.


If you're itching to bring your dog to work, then I've got the perfect way to broach the subject with your boss:  tell him/her that Take Your Dog To Work Day is coming up...  next Friday, June 25th, to be exact - and it's for a good cause!


Now in its twelfth year, Take Your Dog To Work Day was created by Pet Sitters International for the purpose of showing your dog-less co-workers what wonderful companions dogs make and encourage them to adopt a dog themselves from a shelter or rescue organization. Thousands of businesses throughout the world will be participating in this event. You will, of course, need your employer's consent/cooperation and you'll want to make sure you've got your co-workers on board with the idea too.

First and foremost you'll want to make sure Scruffy is well-groomed, fresh smelling and good-mannered. You'll also want to make sure that he gets some regular bathroom breaks so there won't be any embarrassing mishaps on the office floor. To be on the safe side we recommend having the appropriate cleaning supplies on hand "just in case". For more ideas on how to plan a successful dog-on-the-job day, visit Pet Sitter's official Take Your Dog To Work Day site.

If you're having a tough time getting your boss to warm up to the idea, remember to fortify your argument with this information: dogs in the workplace help reduce stress (i.e., lower blood pressure and heart rate) and as well decrease absenteeism. Here are some other interesting stats:  40% of Modern Dog readers bring their dogs to work with them (19.2% every day; 20.8% once in a while), while 54.4% of our readers would take a lesser paying job for the privilege of being able to bring their dog to work with them.


Good luck with getting your boss on board with Take Your Dog to Work Day. Don't forget to send us some pictures of your dog on the job.


Here's a picture of my poochie Kaya on her bed in my office (taken a couple years ago now)... she was a clock watcher when it came to snack time.

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