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Take Your Dog to Work Day 2014 - Tips for Keeping it Fun and Safe

26 June 2014

ANALYSIS - Tomorrow the UK hosts its first Take Your Dog To Work Day. In recent years, the acknowledgement of a relaxed working environment has led to fewer sick days, happier employees and a willingness to work longer hours, writes Gemma Hyland.

The UK’s first Bring Your Dog to Work day is a new initiative to help raise money for animal welfare organisations. All funds raised from the event will be split between three animal welfare organisations, carefully chosen because of their noticeable work for protecting and promoting the welfare of vulnerable animals.

The chosen charities are: London-based dog rescue and rehoming charity All Dogs Matter, Animals Asia which aims to improve the welfare of dogs and cats in China and Vietnam, and Pup Aid, which campaigns to end the practice of puppy farming in the UK.

As demonstrated by multiple studies, having a pet in the workplace not only lowers stress levels and encourages a productive work environment, but also helps to boost morale.

In honour of the UK's first Take Your Dog to Work Day, Pet Talk has put together some basic guidelines to keep this a fun and safe day at the office.

Dr Mark Stickney, Clinical Associate Professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences says: “Even if Take Your Dog to Work Day is celebrated at your workplace, it is still a good idea to let your immediate supervisor know that you will be bringing your pet that day."

“If you have an office, you will want to leave a note on your door explaining that there is a dog inside to avoid any unpleasantly surprised visitors or escapes through the open door.”

Additionally, make sure that your dog has non-squeaky chew toys to occupy him, plenty of food and water, a lead, and ways to dispose of any accidents he leaves in the office.

“If you have a puppy or avid chewer, you will also need to make sure that all computer wires and other various cords are someplace where your dog can’t get to them,” said Dr Stickney.

“You wouldn’t want your pet to be the reason for a system-wide shut down.”

Ensuring that they are up to date on their vaccinations and are completely flea-free is a must. It is also recommended that you bring a copy of the paperwork proving this to work with you that day, should any concern arise.

“Often times, dogs that are well behaved at home will become nervous when placed in an unfamiliar environment,” said Dr Stickney.

“It is imperative that they are up to date on their rabies vaccines in the case that they bite someone out of fear.”

Just keep in mind that while you may love your dog’s slobbery kisses and welcoming leaps onto your lap, a fellow co-worker may not be as big of a fan. Be mindful of others’ space and privacy on this day, and always make sure your dog is on a leash to prevent any complaints or accidents.

In return for a minimum donation of £50, participating businesses can become official sponsors for the event, with a company logo and website link displayed on the Bring Your Dog to Work Day homepage.

Individuals are also eligible to participate for a minimum donation of £2, providing they gain permission from their employer.

Click here for further information, or to donate and participate. 

Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor

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