Take Your Dog to Work Day

TYDTWDay,

celebrated each year on the Friday after Father’s Day, was created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International (PSI). The event is intended “to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs,” according to the official TYDTWDay website, takeyourdog.com.

There might be a little more barking and growling than usual in offices across America on Friday. June 21 is the 18th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWDay).

In fact, Take Your Pet to Work Week is being celebrated all week long, so those whose offices are closed Friday or have other species of pets can also participate.

Along with their paychecks, your co-workers just might take home the idea that dogs are pawesome, and decide to adopt some of their very own.

How to Convince Your Employer to Participate

Is your employer actually frowning on the idea of observing Take Your Dog to Work Day? Here are some talking points that very well might change the mind of the decision maker:

  • Studies show that dogs in the workplace can boost employee morale, increase productivity and even improve sales!
  • Dog-friendly workplaces are a growing trend: A 2006 American Pet Products Association (APPA) survey found that dogs are welcome in one out of five companies. Millions of employees surveyed said having dogs around increased their creativity, decreased their absenteeism, improved their productivity and enabled everyone to get along better. What employer could oppose that?!
  • And this fact should really seal the deal: 46 million people surveyed said they work longer hours when they bring their dogs to work.

Unfortunately, due to building codes, liability issues, allergies, etc., some employers are forced to say no to TYDTWDay. But your company can still celebrate by having a pet photo contest or a fundraiser for a local shelter. Another idea is to invite a shelter representative or professional pet sitter to come and talk to employees about pet care, pet health or local pets that are available for adoption.

7* Tips for a Successful Take Your Dog to Work Day

Before the big day arrives, take yourdog.com recommends that you make sure your workplace is prepared for your furry friend by doing the following:

  1. Do an office check to make sure no one is allergic, afraid of or otherwise opposed to dogs being allowed for the day.
  2. Dog-proof your work space. Remove electrical cords and wires, poisonous plants and toxic items like permanent markers. Make sure any potentially dangerous items are kept out of your dog’s reach.
  3. Bathe and groom your dog – nobody wants a smelly co-worker, whether he has two legs or four. Also make sure your dog’s shots are up to date and he’s not sick. If your dog is very aggressive or shy, it’s best to leave him at home and bring a photo instead.
  4. Prepare a doggie care package that includes food, treats, bowls, toys, a leash,  paper towels, clean-up bags and pet-safe disinfectant. If you’re in and out of your office a lot during the day, consider bringing a portable kennel.
  5. Plan your dog’s feeding times and find an appropriate area where he can take potty breaks afterward.
  6. Don’t force others to interact with your dog. Make sure your well-meaning office mates don’t give him too many treats, especially anything chocolate, which is poisonous for dogs.
  7. Have an exit strategy just in case your pooch isn’t into TWDTWDay. But whatever you do, do not lock your dog inside your car, where June temperatures can rise to deadly high degrees.