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Take Your Dog to Work Day

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There are a few tips if you want to take your dog to work.  First make sure that it's okay with your boss, and that none of your coworkers have pet allergies.  Your pet should be healthy and up to date on all its shots, and well behaved.  And puppy-proof your work area so your furry buddy doesn't have access to  electrical cords or poisonous substances (like plants).    


If you think your office is going to the dogs – well, next Friday, your dog could be going to your office. That’s because Friday, June 23rd, is annual “Take Your Dog To Work” Day, sponsored by Pet Sitters International.

That’s right – instead of being left behind as usual, dogs all across the country will trot off to work with their owners, to find out just what those humans really do all day while they’re on the job. The dogs will earn their “chow” by exhibiting proper behavior and good social skills. Their owners will enjoy the companionship of their furry best friends; and employers will see the benefits of having pets in the workplace.

For other types of pets, the entire week is “Take Your Pet to Work Week”. Many employers have found that allowing pets in the workplace can improve staff morale, increase productivity and reduce stress. In fact, some companies have an ongoing policy to allow well-behaved pets to come to work with their owners.

The benefits of owning a pet are widely recognized, supported by scientific studies as well as the testimonies of pet owners themselves. And yet there are so many pet animals that are in need of good homes and caring owners. So the idea of “Take Your Dog To Work” Day is to remind folks (such as your co-workers) that they, too, can enjoy the benefits of a loving relationship with a pet, and to encourage adoption of shelter animals.

If you are interested in having your company participate in “Take Your Dog To Work” Day, visit the website, or You can check out tips for taking your dog to work. You can listen to the Take Your Dog to Work song. And you can read suggestions for things to say to convince your company to take part. My favorite is telling your boss that “finally someone at your office will actually be working like a dog.”

And remember that if you want a companion who’s on the job around the clock, visit your local animal shelter and adopt a friend for life, when you’re speaking of pets.


Mindy Norton has been “Speaking of Pets” on Alabama Public Radio since 1995.
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