Take Your Dog To Work Day June 24

Written by
Kyle Sherman
Published on
June 17, 2022 at 8:00:00 AM PDT June 17, 2022 at 8:00:00 AM PDTth, June 17, 2022 at 8:00:00 AM PDT

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.

3. Make sure Fido is fit for work. Even dogs don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Be sure your dog’s shots are current. Make plans to have your dog bathed and groomed before accompanying you to work. Be mindful of your dog’s “work readiness.” You know your dog’s demeanor, so if he is aggressive or overly shy, it’s best to leave him at home. Consider how your dog has behaved in the past around strangers before making the decision to bring him. If your dog has shown fear, irritability or aggression, or if your dog has never met strangers, the workplace is not the best place for him.

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.

6. Avoid forcing co-workers to interact with your dog. Dog lovers will make themselves known. Sally from accounting and Joe in human resources may not want to play fetch or offer belly rubs, so be mindful of fellow employees’ time and space. To avoid pet accidents, monitor the amount of treats your pet is being given from your co-workers. Remember that chocolate, candy and other people food should not be shared with dogs and that not all non-dog owners will be aware that these items can be very toxic to your pooch.

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.