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06/11/2012 22:39:54 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  2081  views, category: Pet pack life, Petivities, More pet holidays view all blogs


Friday June 22, 2012 is Take Your Dog to Work Day! How will you celebrate?

Mission: Founded in 1999, Take Your Dog to Work Day has always had the mission of celebrating the great relationships dogs and humans have. The main goal of this program is to raise awareness of the importance of adoption. There are so many dogs living alone in shelters that would make wonderful pets and perfect additions to any family.

Employees: By bringing your dog to work on June 22nd, you will be showing off your relationship with your pet. Having a pet is a lot of responsibility and hard work, both qualities that are important for employees to exhibit. Show your boss how responsible you are by bringing in your dog.

Employers: The TYDTWDay organization encourages employers to open their business to their employees furry friends. Employers can consider partnering with local shelters, groomers, and trainers to promote the importance of responsible pet ownership.

7 Tips For A Successful Day: Here are 7 tips TYDTWDay has for making your day a safe and happy one.

1. Ask for permission. If your company does not already participate in take your dog to work day, ask the manager in charge to get involved. There is tons of information and tips on the website:

2. Doggie proof the office. Do a check around your office before allowing pets into it. There should be no power cords or food on or close to the ground. Be sure to remove all poisonous plants from your workspace. Also make sure there is room for a dog to move around, but no way for the dog to escape.

3. Make sure your dog is up to the visit. Not all dogs appreciate visits to the office. If your dog might be aggressive in any way or if they are sick, forgo the visit. Your safety and the safety of coworkers and pets is the number one most important consideration.

4. Be prepared. Put together a doggie bag for your trip. Be sure to include dog waste bags, a water bowl, a blanket or bed, treats, a collar and leash, a toy or two, and, optionally, a baby gate if you leave your work area often.

5. Consider your dog’s feeding needs. If you will be feeding your dog at work, be sure to plan ahead. Your dog might not like eating in front of all those strangers and might try to take another dog’s food.

6. Do not force coworker’s to interact with your dog. Some people simply do not like dogs. Those that want to interact will make themselves known.

7. Make it a half day if necessary. Some dogs are a handful. You may end up spending too much time making your pet comfortable instead of working. It could be that your dog will become overwhelmed and not be able to handle the stress of being at the office all day. Plan for the day to be a half day, for your pet at least. Line up a local pet sitter if you cannot stop home on a lunch break.

With some considerations and some planning, TYDTWDay can be the most memorable day of the year at work.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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