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Prep Your Pup for a Day at the Office

PetSmart Debbie McKnight/Accredited PetSmart Trainer

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How many times have you felt guilty about leaving Fido home alone while you go to work?  You're not alone. Currently, about 20 percent of businesses in the U.S. are pet-friendly, according to Pet Sitters International (PSI).  Studies conducted by PSI have shown that morale and productivity in the workplace is higher when dogs are permitted. The third week in June celebrates that fact, culminating in Take Your Dog To Work Day on Friday, June 20. By following these easy tips listed below, you can show people how fun it can be to have well-mannered dogs at work:


  • Exercise. Your dog may not be used to hanging out at the office with you and it can be quite exciting for some pets.  Make sure you exercise your dog before heading to work to help him relax.
  • Supplies. You’ll probably need to pack a bag for your pooch’s day at the office.  Be sure to take a water bowl, treats, chew bones or toys, clean-up supplies and a bed or mat for your dog. You'll want him to be as comfortable as possible.
  • Potty breaks. Don’t forget the all-important potty breaks.   Sometimes the excitement of a new place can alter potty habits.  Keep a close eye on your dog to see when he needs to go. If he does have an accident at the office, clean it up as soon as you can with an enzymatic cleaner made for pet potty accidents. 
  • Lunch. Why not brown bag it?  You and your dog can have a picnic outside and then take a walk. The exercise break will be good for both of you.
  • Socialization. This is a great socialization opportunity for your dog, but don’t abuse the privilege. You should only bring a dog to the office that gets along with people and other dogs.  If your dog doesn’t fit the bill right now, start working on socializing him today and you can look forward to bringing him in the future.
  • Skills.  If your dog doesn’t have the skills for a day at work, take a positive reinforcement training class. Your dog will be a favorite at the office if he knows how to be quiet, not jump, and lie calmly on a mat. 
  • Be respectful.  Let’s face it, not everybody likes dogs.  Don’t let your dog greet people without permission. You’ll gain favor with your coworkers if your dog minds his own business and waits for people to come to him. 


Debbie McKnight is an accredited PetSmart trainer in Hurst, Texas

For information on PetSmart's Accredited Training, please visit PetSmart's Training web site.

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