Take Your Dog To Work Day

Take Your Dog To Work Day

June 18, 2014 by Kathleen McAlister

This Friday, June 20th, is the Pet Sitters International's 16th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day! TYDTWD celebrates the great companions dogs make and promotes their adoptions. The event encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet community. 

Here at CDT, we almost missed the event because we take our dogs to work EVERY day! Of course, not everyone has a doggy daycare on site! [Although, it seems like doggy daycares are popping up all over the place lately! How do you know who you can trust your beloved furry family members with? For help, check out this podcast: Picking a Dog Daycare]


Prepare Yourself

If you want to participate, the first thing you should do is make sure your work place is participating! Once you are sure your dog is welcome, begin to prepare yourself by brushing up on these important topics:

  • Know your stress signs

Yawning, panting, or food refusal/not taking treats means it's time to go for a walk. Learn more about stress signs - Podcast: The Language of Stress

  • Learn how your dog should greet new people and dogs.

Your dog will be in a new environment, one that likely causes you some amount of stress, as will the other participating dogs. If tensions are running high for everyone, you will want to already have your wits about you, rather than panicking when Fluffy and Fido don’t immediately become best friends. Podcasts: Safe Dog to Dog Greetings, Greeting Dogs the Safe Way, Preparing Your Dog to Greet New People.

  • Practice ‘settle down’ NOW!

As we always say, these types of commands are like insurance policies – they must be in place before you need them! You can’t teach a command in the heat of the moment. For help, try Podcast: Respect Series - 'Settle Down'.

  • Practice these useful commands: ‘wait’, ‘off’, ‘leave it’, ‘stay’, ‘settle down’, and ‘come’.

When your dog is in your office, you will absolutely want to know commands like “leave it” and “off”, unless you want to foot the bill for, say, a new copy machine. Try these Podcasts: Respect Series: 'Come', Teaching Your Dog 'Stay', Respect Series - 'No'.

Prepare Your Dog

Now that you have studied up and the day has come, prepare your dog by:

  • Feed her a light breakfast, earlier than usual.

This is just for your dogs comfort. Car rides, new people, new places, and new smells all at one time can be stressful, not to mention throwing off the regular routine. Not having an overly full belly will make your dog a little more comfortable, plus it will make her more willing to take puppy snacks from your coworkers when they offer!

  • Pack a water bowl, mat, treats, and clean up bags for going on walks.

Basic necessities and a little planning ahead!

  • Keep your dog on a leash!

Not only should you stay in control of your dog, but not everyone has respect for dog behavior. Your dog will more than likely want pets and love. She more than likely trusts you and other humans. If a well-intentioned co-worker calls your dog over, your dog may do something like dart into a hallway and accidentally trip someone who wasn’t expecting a dog to be there. She doesn’t understand to look both ways before crossing the street or a busy hallway. So for your dog’s safety and for respect of your office, please keep your dog on a leash.


Don’t let all of this suggested preparation scare you and your dog away from Take Your Dog to Work Day! As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So please, prepare your dog just as you would prepare your dog to go anywhere else – the dog park, the vet, or vacation!

If your pup plays assistant to you on Friday, please Have Fun! And send us pics!

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1 Comment

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Raihan 5 years ago 67 months ago

Will your dog come when called?

Most people get this wrong, are you one of them? Teach your dog to come when called, the correct way.

Get your dog’s attention by holding a treat ahead of his nose and speak to him in an excited voice. Run away a couple of feet then say to your dog to “come.” Encourage him by clapping your hands or creating noises however do not repeat the “come” command. once your dog runs to you, say “Yes!”

Riyad Hossain 5 years ago 66 months ago

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