Each year in June, dogs across the world join their owners at work for Take Your Dog To Work Day. First celebrated in 1999, Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote pet adoption.
Posted: June 20, 2013
If you are able to take your pup into work this Friday take upload a photo and use hashtag #DFdogsatwork on Instagram!
Posted: June 11, 2013
To help you celebrate and enjoy Take Your Dog To Work Day the Honest Kitchen shares some dog-friendly office games to keep your pooch pleased.
Smoochie Poochie Race
Get the whole gang involved for this one! Find an unoccupied hallway and have one person hold back the hounds with a whiteboard, or another piece of lightweight office furniture. Have the person at the other end of the hall yell ‘treats!’ and shake a box of Smooches. Simultaneously, unleash the hounds! The first one to the other side wins extra treats, but make sure everyone getso at least one! Be sure to give lots of love to the pups who get confused by the commotion, freeze under pressure, or can’t keep the pace. For added entertainment, see if you can get the owner of the slowest or most confused dog to buy the office lunch.
This game is great to play when you’re about to attend a long (and maybe slightly boring) meeting. Before everyone else comes into the room, lay out a t-shirt on the floor. Sprinkle some cookies on one lower corner, fold it over, sprinkle a few more treats, fold again and so on until the whole thing is wrapped into a ball with lots of treats interspersed in the folds. You can loosely tie the sleeves together around it, to make this even more challenging.
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Posted: May 21, 2013
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Check out these 15 tips for a successful Take Your Dog to Work Day:
- Always check with management and your co-workers to ensure everyone is comfortable having dogs in the office.
- Puppy-proof your workspace to ensure it’s safe for your dog. This means covering electrical outlets and cords, and moving toxic plants or other potentially unsafe items out of your dog’s reach.
- Bathe and groom your dog before her office debut so she is clean and odor-free, and free of any parasites such as fleas or ticks.
- Only allow dogs to visit the office who are up-to-date on vaccines, and never bring your dog if he appears sick
- If your dog is aggressive or overly shy, keep him at home. Meeting new dogs and people in an unfamiliar environment can be too stressful for some dogs.
- Bring with you everything your dog might need, including food, treats, bowls, toys, and a leash. And don’t forget paper towels, clean-up bags, and pet-safe disinfectant.
- To keep your dog comfortable, consider bringing a crate, especially if you are routinely in and out of your office workspace.
- Designate an appropriate area where dogs can relieve themselves and stress that people need to pick up after their dogs.
- Avoid forcing co-workers to interact with your dog. Those who are interested will seek out you and your dog.
- Monitor the amount of treats your pet eats, and educate co-workers ahead of time about what is and isn’t safe for dogs. Find fruits safe for dogs>> Vegetables safe for dogs>>
- Have an exit strategy. It’s OK to bring him home at anytime if he is uncomfortable or boisterous and causing a distraction.
- Remember that the point of TYDTWDay – aside from having fun – is to educate people about pet adoption and helping pets in need.
- If your office is closed on Friday or employees are interested in bringing other pets, consider celebrating on another day during take your dog to work week, June 17-21, 2013.
- Ask your local shelter or rescue group to join your TYDTWDay event. They can bring adoptable pets or information about local adoption opportunities and you can hold a fundraiser to benefit the guest shelter.
- Take lots of pictures, and share them on your company’s website or social media pages. You could also have a photo contest or award prizes for cutest dog or best owner-dog look-alikes.
Stay tuned for more Take Your Dog To Work Day tricks, tips and tricks!