King, NC (PRWEB) June 19, 2013
Pet Sitters International’s 15th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day® is Friday, June 21. Businesses around the globe will open their doors to employees’ canine co-workers to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to promote pet adoption.
To ensure a peaceful, productive day of human and canine camaraderie, Pet Sitters International (PSI) has made a free 2013 Take Your Dog To Work Day Action Pack available at takeyourdog.com.
PSI also provides pet owners these seven tips to ensure a successful office visit:
1. Do an office check.
No one will mind your dog being in the office, right? Well, maybe. Check with management and co-workers to see if anyone is allergic, afraid of or opposed to you bringing your dog to work on this special day. Be respectful of those you work with and plan an alternate celebration, if necessary.
2. Puppy-proof your work space.
If you plan on working with your dog, make sure your office environment is safe. Remove poisonous plants and pesticides, hide electrical cords and wires and secure toxic items such as permanent markers. Any office items in question should be placed out of paw’s reach.
3. Make sure Fido is fit for work.
Even dogs don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Be sure your dog’s shots are current. Make plans to have your dog bathed and groomed before accompanying you to work. Be mindful of your dog’s “work readiness.” You know your dog’s demeanor, so if he is aggressive or overly shy, it’s best to leave him at home. Consider how your dog has behaved in the past around strangers before making the decision to bring him. If your dog has shown fear, irritability or aggression, or if your dog has never met strangers, the workplace is not the best place for him.
4. Prepare a doggie bag.
Include food, treats, bowls, toys, leash, paper towels, clean-up bags and pet-safe disinfectant. If you are routinely in and out of your work space, consider bringing a baby gate for your doorway or a portable kennel for your dog’s comfort and your peace of mind.
5. Plan your pet’s feeding times carefully.
During an important sales call is probably not the best time for a puppy potty break. Plan your dog’s feeding time around your work schedule and be sure to choose an appropriate area for your dog to relieve himself afterward.
6. Avoid forcing co-workers to interact with your dog.
Dog lovers will make themselves known. Sally from accounting and Joe in human resources may not want to play fetch or offer belly rubs, so be mindful of fellow employees’ time and space. To avoid pet accidents, monitor the amount of treats your pet is being given from your co-workers. Remember that chocolate, candy and other people food should not be shared with dogs and that not all non-dog owners will be aware that these items can be very toxic to your pooch.
7. Have an exit strategy.
Although most dogs enjoy TYDTWDay, your pet may not. Should your dog become overly boisterous, agitated or withdrawn, consider taking him home or plan in advance for your professional pet sitter to offer a midday check-in visit. Never, under any circumstance, leave your pet alone in a vehicle while you work.
Created by PSI in 1999, Take Your Dog To Work Day has reached tens of thousands with its unique message of celebrating dogs at work to promote pet adoptions during the last decade and a half.
Partnering to promote this year’s campaign are Adopt-A-Pet.com, Dog Fancy magazine, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Fourleggedlife.com, creator of National Dog Party Day.
For more information about planning a successful TYDTWDay event, to download a free action pack or enter the 2013 Take Your Dog To Work Day Photo Contest, visit http://www.takeyourdog.com. To find a professional pet sitter to offer midday walks for participating dogs, visit the Official Pet Sitter Locator at http://www.petsit.com/locate.