Should You Bring Your Dog to Work? How to Know

Dog-friendly offices are the new hip thing. How do you know whether or not it’s appropriate to bring your dog to the office though? While having a pet provides a number of physical, mental and emotional health benefits, there are a number of considerations you should take into account before taking Spot on a workplace field trip.

Take Your Dog to Work Day Checklist

#1) Does your office have a pet (or no-pet) policy?

These days, most companies are smart enough to include pet policies in their employee agreement that lay out consequences for misbehavior, breed restrictions and frequency of visits. Request a copy from your Human Resources manager before making any moves. You don’t want to rub anyone the wrong way!

#2) If dogs are allowed, what requirements must be met?

Once you’ve checked to see if bringing your dog to work is appropriate and condoned, ask further questions to determine whether or not the policy lists any specific requirements — for example, scheduled “potty time” or constant supervision.

#3) Is anyone in your workplace allergic to dogs?

Bringing your puppy to work may be fun for most, but pet allergies are not uncommon. Check with your colleagues to make sure that bringing your dog to work will not adversely impact their health — the last thing you want to do is affect someone’s ability to thrive in the office!

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#4) Is your dog healthy and socialized?

It’s important that your dog be healthy and socialized for this to work. Make sure they are up to date on all vaccinations, and that they can be reasonably expected to behave well in public (i.e. they won’t have an accident or act aggressively).

#5) Is your workplace safe for pets?

Now’s the time to look out for your puppy’s safety. Dog-proof the place as much as possible by making sure cables, lamps, food areas and trash bins can’t be accessed, then set up a designated space just for them. Include a bed, food and water, a toy or two, and a baby gate if you think it will prove useful.

#6) Will your schedule inhibit your ability to supervise?

Before arriving at the office with your dog, consider the following: do you have any meetings or out-of-office events that will impair your ability to supervise your pup? Do you have time to take them out for toilet breaks or exercise during lunch hour? Are you prepared to clean up after them should they have an accident?

#7) Do you think your dog will enjoy coming along?

If your puppy is social, relaxed and well-mannered, odds are bringing them to the office will be a rewarding experience. Just make sure you take into account their enjoyment! As long as taking them into a new environment will not cause any undue stress on them or your colleagues, you have the green light.

Bonus Tip

  • Reward calm behavior with treats and kind words. This reinforcement will help them learn their boundaries in public and help ensure they remain calm in the future.
  • If your dog accidentally urinates or deficates, clean the area thoroughly with an ammonia-free cleaning product to take away the scent and reduce their odds of using that spot again.
  • Try to arrive early in the morning, before everyone else. Introduce your dog to the space and give them plenty of time to settle in. This is a great time to exercise them a bit too!

Have you ever taken your dog to work with you? How was the experience?

112 comments

Louise R
Louise R3 months ago

thanks

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Renata B
Renata B3 months ago

One dog and three cats !!!! I work from home :-)

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Richard A
Richard A3 months ago

Thank you for this article.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R3 months ago

Only if your dog enjoys being bored and ignored.

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Sandra V
Sandra V3 months ago

Thanks

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Sandra V
Sandra V3 months ago

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Richard E Cooley
Richard E Cooley3 months ago

Thank you.

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Stanley S
Stanley S3 months ago

tyfs

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Peggy B
Peggy B3 months ago

Noted

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Maria P
Past Member 3 months ago

Thanks for posting

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