Friday is Bring Your Dog to Work Day. The American Kennel Club offers the following tips for those planning to take their favorite pooches to work. Times staff and wires
Check with your workplace: Before the big day, check with managers and co-workers to see whether anyone is allergic, afraid of or opposed to you bringing your dog in.
Survey the scene. Before you bring your dog to the office, take a look around and pet-proof your space. Secure all cabinets and trash cans that contain food. Remove anything smaller than a tennis ball or items within your pet's reach that have sharp edges or could be a choking hazard. Cover exposed electrical cords or outlets to prevent burns and electrocution as the result of chewing.
Behavior. You should only take well-trained and housebroken dogs to the office. Make sure your pup is socialized and safe around strangers. If your dog is unnerved by changes in environment or social situations, the attention and strange noises involved associated with an office may cause your dog undue stress.
Health. You would stay home from work if you were sick, and so should your dog. If your pooch has a contagious condition, leave him at home. It is also very important to make sure all of his vaccinations are up to date.
Hygiene. Make sure your pup is clean and well-groomed before you take it to work. A dirty dog might cause complaints from co-workers.
Bring the necessities. Make sure you have the necessities with you, such as bowls, food, quiet chew toys, treats, cleanup bags and a leash.
Supervise! Supervise your dog at all times. Be mindful of people who might be afraid of your dog and those who are allergic to it.
Don't force co-workers to interact with the dog. Dog lovers will make themselves known. To avoid pet accidents, monitor the number of treats your pet is being given. Remember that chocolate, candy and other people food should not be shared with dogs.
Have an exit strategy. If your dog becomes overly boisterous, agitated or withdrawn, consider taking it home. Never, under any circumstance, leave your pet alone in a vehicle while you work.
Sources: American Kennel Club, www.takeyourdog.com