Ready to bring your pooch to the office? The prospect of no more long days apart – and the pleasure of having your best friend at your heels all day long – is enough to convince anyone to bring Fido to work. Unfortunately, dogs that arrive at the office before they are ready can quickly become a distraction or a liability. Consider your dog’s level of maturity and training. The workplace-ready dog will have the following traits:
1. No Barking
A dog that barks will quickly wear out their welcome in the office. In order to be workplace-ready, your dog should be able to sit quietly for long periods of time and handle crowds, new people and unfamiliar environments without becoming stressed or anxious. If your dog barks in any of these situations, it is probably wise to enroll them in obedience training and wait before introducing them to your workspace.
2. No Inappropriate Urination
Many dogs, specifically younger animals or those who have been abused in the past, are prone to what is called “submissive urination”. Submissive urination takes place when the dog is feeling intimidated, whether warranted or not, and often happens when the dog meets new people. If you have a dog that is prone to submissive urination, take steps to resolve the behavior permanently before bringing to the office. A qualified behaviorist will be able to help.
3. No Jumping Up
Dogs that jump up can easily cause injury or damage to clothing. In an office setting, a dog will constantly be meeting new people. Therefore, it is important that they are capable of being introduced to strangers without becoming excited and jumping on them.
4. No Chewing
Picture this: you are a dog who likes to chew and your person brings you to the office. Imagine the possibilities - electrical cords, desk legs, shoes temporarily kicked off - the excitement never ends! If your dog is a chewer, it is best to leave him or her at home until the behavior is resolved.
5. Fully Vaccinated & Microchipped
Part of being a responsible pet parent is ensuring that your dog has all of the needed vaccinations before introducing them to a public place and that they are protected should they get lost.
Although every pet parent wants to bring their dog to work, it is wise to wait until the dog has the above characteristics before doing so. These traits ensure the safety of the animal, as well as coworkers, and increase the likelihood that bringing your dog to work will be a positive experience for everyone involved. Of course, no matter how well behaved your pet is, your boss may have something to say on the matter!
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