Take Your Dog to Work Day®
On Friday, June 24, 2011, companies in Arlington, VA will celebrate Pet Sitters International’s 7th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day®. PSI created this doggie day to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage adoptions from local shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups. This day falls on a Friday because it is meant to be leisurely and relaxed; when people in the workplace witness the loving bond between co-workers and their pets, they might consider giving orphaned pets a good home. TYDTW Day also encourages businesses to experience the joy of pets in the workplace and the great companions dogs make.
Heidi Anderson-Rhodes, senior director of facility management solutions at UGL Unicco in Arlington, VA, organized her office’s 2010 event. “Treats, toys, water bowls were shared by all,” Rhodes said. “It created one of the best dog days of summer! The event was a great success and we hope that this is the start of a wonderful annual work tradition!”
Studies show that having a dog at work can create a more relaxed and productive work environment. Animals in the workplace boost employee morale, productivity, and even sales. People can’t help but relax and smile when they pet a dog!
Here are some tips for prepping your office for your pooch:
– Offer to gate off a small area where your dog can go if he needs to be restrained for any reason (having your own office comes in handy here).
– Your dog should be well-trained, socialized, clean and comfortable around strangers.
– Be sure to bring pet essentials from home such as:
a. A water and food bowl
b. A favorite bed or blanket to make him feel safe and rest on
c. Some “quiet” toys to occupy him and keep him from barking
d. Some treats—try not to bring treats that are messy or could stain carpet
e. Plastic baggies to pick up waste
f. A leash for walks—take your dog for a walk every few hours and clean up afterward, just like your pet sitting services
– Try to keep your dog away from anyone who has allergies, or a fear/dislike of dogs. Remember and understand that some people are not “dog people” and be sure to give them space if needed.
– Most importantly, enjoy the day! Take a break from your pet sitting services and have fun showing off your special pal while bonding.
Whether you are planning to take your dog to work on June 24th or know a co-worker who is, take this time to consider adopting a dog from an animal shelter or rescue league—there are several great rescues in Arlington, VA.
So cancel your pet sitting services for at least on this day and Take Your Dog to Work!