Get your pooch ready for a visit to your workplace

June 20, 2013 

Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day, sponsored by Pet Sitters International, and studies have shown that having pets in the workplace creates a more productive environment, lowers stress, and actually decreases employee absenteeism.

In addition to the calming effect dogs have on people, taking your dog to work with you is helpful in socializing him by getting him used to new faces, smells, and environments.

To help owners make sure their four-legged friend is ready for his office debut, the American Kennel Club offers the following tips for those planning to take their dog to the office:

ASK QUESTIONS

Talk to your co-workers before you bring in your dog. Ask if anyone is allergic to or afraid of dogs. You want to make sure those around you are comfortable.

SURVEY THE SCENE

Make sure to pet-proof your space before your dog arrives. Keep all cabinets, drawers, and trash cans secure. Remove anything smaller than a tennis ball, items with sharp edges, or anything that could be a choking hazard. Cover exposed electrical outlets and wires to prevent your dog from chewing them and hurting himself.

GOOD DOG

Your dog should be on his best behavior at the office, which means he should be well-trained and housebroken. Make sure your dog is socialized and safe around strangers, too. There will most likely be extra attention paid to your dog and strange noises associated with an office, so you want to make sure he's comfortable with these things.

BRING THE NECESSITIES

Bring a water bowl, quiet chew toys, treats, clean up bags and a leash.

For more tips on preparing to take your dog to work, visit the AKC at www.akcdoglovers.com.

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