Take Your Dog to Work Day

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takeyourdogtoworkTomorrow is designated Take Your Dog to Work Day by Pet Sitter’s International. Many major companies (Google, Proctor & Gamble, Ben & Jerry’s) and smaller companies allow you to bring your dogs to work everyday. Some don’t, but make an allowance on this special day.

I work from home and have for the last 10 years, so I have had my dogs as office mates for a long time. Before that I worked at a tech start-up in Ventura, CA that allowed dogs everyday. Our marketing manager brought her dog everyday and I brought Sally in at least 1-2/month. I would have brought her more if she wasn’t such a food hound. She would go down the row of cubicles and just sit and beg from each developer all day long. Yes, I could have kept her in my office, but I was out of my office more than I was in it, so it was a little nuts.

One day we had 3-4 dogs in the office and what fun they had! But they were all well-behaved, well-socialized and their owners kept a close eye on them. It was a fun day.

The funniest story I have about dogs in the office was at the company I worked at prior to the Ventura based company. This company was also a start-up located in Santa Monica. It was really at the heyday of start-ups and we had a bunch of young people working really crazy hours in really tight spaces. Not really conducive to bringing pets in.

One day this girl brought her dog, now I’m a dog person, but this dog was unfriendly, unhappy to be there and pooped on the floor right outside her managers office…and I swear before she could clean it up, he walked out of his office and stepped in it. Dogs weren’t welcome there anymore.

If you are planning to take your dog to work tomorrow, we have some words of advice:

  • Make sure your company is participating and approves of you showing up with your dog. Better check with your boss too.
  • Take a look at your own schedule. What do you have planned for Friday, if it’s busy with lots of meeting or phone calls, you might decide to leave Fido home.
  • Find out who else may be bringing their dog and set some basic rules and guidelines. Should the dogs be leashed? What about food – no dogs in the kitchen?
  • Be sure to bring water and a bed of some type for your dog
  • Exercise your dog before you arrive at work and be sure to provide enough potty breaks during the day.
  • Plan to arrive early and show your dog around, let them sniff and get comfortable with the space. Then set-up a nice resting spot or bed in your office or under your desk.
  • Set some rules for folks visiting you and Fido that day. If your dog isn’t totally socialized, leave them home. Even if they are friendly to everyone, you still want to control who greets him and how they greet them. Remember, it’s a lot of stimulation for your dog who is used being at home sleeping on the sofa all day while you are at work.
  • Be careful about stimulating toys or food. Not every dog that may be in the office can handle sharing food or toys.
  • Take lots of pictures – it will be a fun day to remember.
  • Jack checks his Facebook page while Maggie heads to the kitchen for a snack.

    Jack checks his Facebook page while Maggie heads to the kitchen for a snack.


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  1. Mom works from home except for three mornings a week. Sometimes I go to the office, but right now Bailie is going so she can work on her CGC manners. In Germany, Katie went to the office every day and loved it. I went for a couple weeks but was “fired” because of the havoc I created. I am not cut out for office life..boring! It was our company, so being fired wasn’t so bad. I never pooped or peed in the office, just spilled my water every day, unrolled toilet paper, chewed some files, the fun stuff!
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    • That’s how Tino felt about going to work too….bored out of his mind. He preferred staying home lounging in his yard.
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  2. Great tips! I get to take my dogs to work as I work in a Vet Clinic. We also have a daycare so the other staff members bring there spayed and neutered pets to work and have them go to daycare. It’s nice of companies to let staff bring their pets to work, such a stress reliever.
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  3. My husband the architect works insane hours when he has a deadline. Many years ago, he took Agatha and Christie into his office while I was out of town and he was pulling an all-nighter.

    Apparently, he was so focused on his project he didn’t pay much attention to the dogs. He went home to get a few hours of sleep and returned to find the two dog turds he missed previously in the manager’s office surrounded by yellow hazard tape. I’m glad his boss had a sense of humor.
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  4. maybe the manager had a lucky day as he stepped in poo? we mostly work from home too, so always one of us is there for Easy. He will join me tomorrow for take your dog to work day… but I have some doubts if he is really the perfect co-worker :o)
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    • Cant’ wait to hear how he does…I think he would make a fun lunch partner.
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  5. Mom works at home. We’d love to go to Dog Dad’s place, but that is never going to happen. We think it would be so cool.
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  6. Ahhhhhhh!!!! Bad luck for that girl!!!!!
    I currently work at home also, and am a stay at home mom anyhow, so my pets are always with me 🙂
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    • yeah…she did eventually get fired…not for that, but it was the beginning of the end for her.
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  7. Lucky! I’ve never had the opportunity to bring my dog to work, but I think it would be fun.
    Then again, I think Moses and Alma would be pretty big distractions for everyone, too. They tend to draw a crowd. And Alma would be similar to Sally and spend her day soliciting treats/love from everyone on the floor. Besides, the second Moses flings drool on someone’s expensive suit, the whole thing is over.
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  8. We’ve never been to an office but we can imagine not all dogs are cut out to be office dogs, even for the day. 🙂
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  9. We are at home too, so the boys are with us all of the time. I worked at a high school before becoming a full-time writer and Bentley came up there a few times. Our high school was a bit scary for dogs…and humans! LOL!
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  10. I work from home, but my husband works for a start-up company and they can bring their dogs. He hasn’t taken Ace to the office because we both think Ace would be too excited. However, his co-worker brings his dog once a month or so. She just naps all day. What a good girl. I think having the right dog at the office can really help keep stress levels down.

    I brought my cat to work once when I worked at a newspaper. I needed him out of my apartment for the day, so I kept him in his carrier under my desk. He just slept the whole time and no one knew he was there.
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    • It does have to be the right dog. Sally was fine…except at lunch time, but another co-worker brought in their dalmatian who was bouncing off the walls and it just disrupted everything and everyone.
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  11. I posted some of Ruckus’s shortlived careers. 🙂
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  12. Thank you for joining the blog hop.

    I currently work in a very small office. There are only three other people who work here. Technically we are not allowed to bring our dogs, but my boss has agreed to it on occasion. I have a large reception area that I can block off and the dogs can stay in here with me. If I don’t do that, Delilah will tear through the office searching the garbage bins for any foods left. Sampson would simply attach himself to the person who paid him the most attention. 🙂

    I really want a gig where I work from home!
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    • It’s pretty nice to be able to do, but sometimes it’s a pain because it’s always there…
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  13. I missed it! I bring Mia sometimes and she’s very well-behaved. I didn’t bring her today, and now I wish I had.
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  14. I can bring the dogs to my office anytime I want really, but they get bored there pretty quickly so they will stay home so I can get my work done. Before the Chessies we had a Golden. I worked for my Dad at his house at the time so I could bring him along. However, once I realized that he spent all day on his side sleeping and really didn’t care where he did that, he stayed home too. 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining the hop and sharing the great tips.
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  15. I do a lot of work at home since I teach, so Barley gets to help with lesson planning and grading papers, but she has only come to campus for a quick walk when I had to return a library book one weekend. I have a feeling she’d love meeting my students and convincing them to give her extra snacks, though.
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  16. Working with doggy and pet is difficult, but it can be funny and enjoyful sometimes. I also work with my pet sometimes, but not in my office only at home.

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