Our furry friends greet us every morning, and then they wait hours to see us again at the end of the day. For one wonderful day each year, your faithful canine companion has the opportunity to join you at work. National Take Your Dog to Work Day was established in 1999 by Pet Sitters International and its main goal is to celebrate the joys of canine companionship and to encourage non-dog-owning employees to consider finding a place in their hearts and homes for dogs in need.
This year it’s on Friday, June 25 – and you’ll want to begin planning the momentous occasion now. Start by raising the concept with your employer or head of human resources to see if bringing your dog/s to work is appropriate and allowed because some work environments may be unsafe or inappropriate for dogs. Check if any of your work colleagues are allergic to dogs and that your dog is up to date with its vaccinations, and of course healthy. Finally, the best office dogs are those that are well trained and comfortable around other people and dogs.
You could even use the opportunity to raise money for local animal shelters. Furthermore, studies show that pets in the workplace reduce stress and anxiety quite dramatically, which has an effect on productivity. Winning!