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Bring your dog to work day - Tractor Supply Co.

Tips For A Wildly Successful Bring Your Dog To Work Day

Each year dog lovers pen in June 24th as the most anticipated, pet centric holiday of the year. Any why wouldn’t they? Bring Your Dog to Work Day combines all the fun of having a dog with the added bonus of keeping your favorite four-legged friend by your side as you go about the workday. For some Out Here, everyday is Bring Your Dog to Work Day, but for others it’s an opportunity to spend some extra time with your best friend.

In theory, Bring Your Dog To Work Day sounds like a nice way to break up the mundane routine of a long week. However, all dog owners know their fur kids, no matter how well they behave at home, can often develop a mind of their own in unfamiliar places. To keep you, Scout and your co-workers sane this year, we’ve compiled our expertise to prepare you for the most successful Bring Your Dog To Work Day yet!

1. Take an unbiased look at your dog’s demeanor

This could be one of the hardest things you’ll do in preparation for bringing your dog to work. You may value your pal’s steady stream of high energy but Sally your sales rep may not. Ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly as they will offer some insight into your dog’s overall demeanor:

  • How well does my dog obey my commands at home? How well does my dog obey these same commands in public or around other dogs?
  • Which of the following best describes my pal: aggressive & territorial, timid & shy, energetic & playful, or friendly.
  • Does my dog play well with other humans and/or dogs?
  • Can my dog handle being still for several hours at a time?

For example: Scout tends to be energetic and he obeys commands regardless of whether we are at home or the dog park. However, when he enters an unfamiliar place he becomes increasingly territorial for seemingly no reason. This behavior vanishes once he’s settled in. It may be best to leave Scout at home; or if your employer will allow it, try bringing him into your nine to five a few times before the big day.

There are no right or wrong, good or bad answers to the above questions. Use them as a guide, not as the ultimate judge of your pal’s character. Remember, you’re simply trying to evaluate the intricacies of your pooch’s behavior before you put them on display in an unfamiliar situation.

2. Puppy-proof your work space

Your dog may be well past the puppy phase but somehow she resorts back into a puppy when she’s around new people and things. Go ahead and help suppress these urges by clearing your space of any hazardous, distracting or breakable things. Don’t forget you not only have their nose to worry about, but their tail too. Things to look for:

  • Wires
  • Breakables
  • Cleaning or paint products
  • Sharp tools
  • Food or snacks
  • Trash

3. Talk to your co-workers

Take puppy-proofing a step further by informing your coworkers of your dog’s upcoming presence in the workplace. We know it’s hard to imagine, but some people don’t feel comfortable around dogs. Many suffer from severe allergies. These folks would really appreciate you giving them a heads up prior to the day you stroll in with Scout.  

4. Align your work schedule with your pal’s daily schedule

Dogs are sensitive to changes in their daily schedules so if you plan to bring your dog to work, try to keep your schedule from disrupting theirs as much as possible. This includes feedings and bathroom breaks. If you have an inventory task you know won’t lend time for your pal to use the restroom, it’s probably best to leave him at home for the day.

5. Prepare your dog for the workday

Does Scout need a refresher course in sit or stay? Are all of her shots up to date? Can he actually get out of his warm bed at the crack of dawn like you do? These are all important details to remember prior to bringing your dog into your place of work.

6. Prepare a doggie bag

Taking steps to ensure your dog is comfortable in your work environment is critical to a successful day. Bringing along your pal’s favorite goodies to help him feel more at home. Don’t forget:

  • Toys
  • 4health Treats
  • Bed
  • Leash
  • 4health Dog Food, water and corresponding dishes

7. Have a backup plan

Last but not least, consider having a backup plan in the event that your dog and workplace just don’t mix. Whether this is your area day kennel, a family member or simply informing your boss you’ll need to work from home, having this plan in place will allow you to make the best decision for your dog if the time comes.  

A careful assessment of your dog’s demeanor and needs, a strategically packed doggie bag and informed coworkers go a long way in helping make this year’s Bring Your Dog To Work Day a success for you AND Scout. 

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