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Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

June 24, 2015

Friday, June 26th is Take Your Dog to Work Day®. It comes hot on the heels of Take Your Pet to Work Week ™, which started Monday, June 22nd and goes all the way through this Friday, June 26th. These annual celebrations started back in 1996 in the UK via Pet Sitters International(PSI), the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters.

PSI believes that seeing the human-animal bond in action amongst friends and colleagues encourages and raises awareness for shelter pet adoption. The first Take Your Dog to Work Day® was celebrated in in the U.S. in 1999.

Though some organizations are already flexible about accommodating their employee animal companions on a more frequent basis, TYDTWD and TYPTWW gives participants a small taste of what pets in the workplace could be like, offers positive local news/public relations opportunities and helps to raise awareness for adopting the millions of pets that enter a shelter each year in the U.S.

Want to make a compelling case for bringing your dog to work this Friday? PSI offers an action kit that offers a lot of tips and advice for planning a fun, awareness-raising event. The evidence that bringing four-legged companions into the office can help reduce stress, boost creativity levels and increase trust amongst one another is plentiful.

If your company plans to participate this year or you have a small office you want to do this for, remember some common etiquette rules like:

  • No off-leash exploring outside a pet parent’s office or workspace
  • Pet-free common areas for those with allergies
  • Setting expectations that the care and clean up is the responsibility of each pet parent.

To see a humorous, if not slightly dark perspective on what a vehemently dog-friendly workplace can be like, I recommend this story about working at popular online retailer, Amazon.

Are animals off limits due to space or other restrictions at your place of work? Consider other ways your organization could raise awareness like a guest presentation from your local shelter, care taker service or veterinary clinic. Or consider making a donation to a favorite (ahem, sorry for the plug) local pet charity.

 

 

 

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