June 25th is National Bring Your Dog to Work Day! While the thought of having your favorite furry friend with you in the office seems like a great idea, there are a lot of things to take into consideration before you pack their briefcase.
Be Mindful of Your Coworkers: It may be surprising, but not everyone is a dog person. Some people have a fear of dogs, an allergy to them, or simply don’t like them. When this applies to one of your colleagues, it can lead to an uncomfortable work situation for both of you.
Safety Concerns: If you have a dog with a history of aggression or anxiety, whether towards other dogs or people, bringing them into the office is not recommended. Putting your dog in an environment they’re uncomfortable in creates unnecessary stress for both you and your pet.
Work Productivity: Having your dog with you in the office creates the most adorable distraction ever. Nonetheless, they’re still a distraction. Whether they’re begging you for a play session, or need to be taken out for a potty break, they’re keeping you from your work, which could lead to trouble from the boss or set you behind for the rest of the week.
Office Dangers: If your dog has a tendency to get into things, the office might not be the best place to bring them. With wires from phones and computers on the floor, your pet might decide to chew on them or get tangled in them. Not to mention, the last thing you want at the end of your work day is the clean up a mess that your dog made after finding the trash bin.
Work From Home: Still working from home? You and your pup have been sharing an office for a while then! That creates the daily struggle of keep your dog from barking during conference calls or running through the house while you’re trying to work. To have a day off from the extra responsibilities would be a nice change of pace.
So what should you do if you decide not to bring your dog into work with you? Bring them to doggy daycare! Daycare keeps your pup entertained during work hours so that you can focus in the office and your pet can have all the fun! With group play and private one-on-one play available, there are lots of options that will keep your pet entertained. Not to mention, you get the peace of mind that your dog won’t be stuck in the house while you work.