Mark your calendars! National Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWDay) is an annual holiday that takes place on the Friday after Father’s Day. This year (2011), TYDTWDay will be held on June 24th. Businesses are encouraged to open their doors to their employee’s furry companions.
This day was first celebrated in 1999 by Pet Sitters International, and has been increasing in popularity ever since. It was initially created to celebrate what great companions make for us humans and to support and promote pet adoptions from shelters and rescues.
In 1999, an estimated 300 companies participated in the event nationwide. By 2003, that number was over 5,000. This year is bound to be even bigger and better.
Benefits for Businesses
Studies have shown that having pets in the workplace improves employee morale and productivity, which leads to a boost in sales. Pets make people happy. That is why we keep them around.
However, it is understandable why some companies have strict no dogs allowed policies. Restaurants, for example, cannot allow dogs in the kitchen for health and safety reasons. Also, if you have a pet that can be aggressive or hyper, it is probably best to leave it at home. Employees can still celebrate by bringing in a picture of their dog, cat, or gold fish and talking about the importance of adoption or fostering pets.
If you are lucky enough to work for a company who supports this day and having pets at work, consider installing a water cooler that is adapted for dogs as reviewed in The Water Cooler Becomes More Friendly.
* The best way to prepare your pet for the office, is to take him or her out in public. Make sure he is well behaved with strangers.
* Make your dog as comfortable as possible at the office by bringing her bed, a blanket, or special toy with you to the office.
* Bring a leash, collar, and/or harness and keep it on at all times. Even well behaved dogs should be kept on a leash for control.
* Make sure there is plenty of water available (see article mentioned above).
* Always be aware of your surroundings. You have your home set up so it is safe for you and your loved ones, but the office may be hiding some potential dangers. For example, a cubicle neighbor may have a stash of chocolate on his desk. In this case, ask him to put it away for the day.
Prepare, gather supplies, and have fun. Hopefully the day will be enjoyable and your company will decided to do it again next year.
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