PSI’s 24th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day® is Friday, June 24. Are you ready?
More importantly, is your dog?
Created by Pet Sitters International in 1999, Take Your Dog To Work Day not only celebrates the great companions dogs make, encourages employers to experience the joy of welcoming pets into the workplace and support their local pet community.
Celebrated on the Friday following Father’s Day, TYDTWDay puts an exclamation point on Take Your Pet To Work Week™, the week leading up to the dog day of the celebration, which allows for cat and other pet lovers to support their local pet community, too (June 20-24, 2022). The event also encourages pet adoptions, especially because it gives non-pet owners a chance to witness the special bond their coworkers have with their pets firsthand and be encouraged to adopt a new best friend of their own.
In 1999, an estimated 300 businesses participated in TYDTWDay. As expected that number has grown to an all-time high, given America’s love affair with pets.
Tips for a Successful Take Your Dog To Work Day
Pet Sitters International offers pet owners seven tips for preparing their dog—and workplace—for a successful dog day on Friday, June 24.
1. Do an office check. No one will mind your dog being in the office, right? Well, maybe. Check with management and co-workers to see if anyone is allergic, afraid of or opposed to you bringing your dog to work on this special day. Be respectful of those you work with and plan an alternate celebration, if necessary.
2. Puppy-proof your work space. If you plan on working with your dog, make sure your office environment is safe. Remove poisonous plants and pesticides, hide electrical cords and wires and secure toxic items such as permanent markers. Any office items in question should be placed out of paw’s reach.
4. Prepare a doggie bag. Include food, treats, bowls, toys, leash, paper towels, clean-up bags and pet-safe disinfectant. If you are routinely in and out of your work space, consider bringing a baby gate for your doorway or a portable kennel for your dog’s comfort and your peace of mind.
5. Plan your pet’s feeding times carefully. During an important sales call is probably not the best time for a puppy potty break. Plan your dog’s feeding time around your work schedule and be sure to choose an appropriate area for your dog to relieve himself afterward.
7. Have an exit strategy. Although most dogs enjoy TYDTWDay, your pet may not. Should your dog become overly boisterous, agitated or withdrawn, consider taking him home or plan in advance for your professional pet sitter to offer a midday check-in visit. Never, under any circumstance, leave your pet alone in a vehicle while you work.