Bringing dogs to work is a growing trend and is often something job-hunters look for when it comes to workplace benefits. While bringing dogs to work is a wonderful thing in our eyes, not everyone is always so enthused.\nIf you plan to share your work space with your furry friend, remember that you\u2019re sharing it with many others too. Follow a few important rules of etiquette to make sure your co-workers, your dog and you can coexist safely and happily.\n1. DO ASK FIRST!\n\nIf your workplace doesn\u2019t already have a protocol in place for bringing pets to work, make sure you directly ask your co-workers if they are pet-friendly. That means no allergies, fears, or opposition for any reason.\nDON\u2019T be surprised if otherwise dog-friendly people are just not into having dogs in their workspace. It could be too distracting for them.\n2. DO CONSIDER YOUR DOG\nJust like people, every dog is a little different. Think about your dog\u2019s habits and behaviors, fears and anxieties. Try to imagine a typical work day and how your dog could fit in. If you can see your dog coasting through the day with comfort and ease, then you are probably good to go.\n\nDON\u2019T bring your dog to work if they are sick, improperly groomed or behaviorally challenged. Your dog might not be a good fit for office life if they are:\n\nNoisy\nAggressive\nTerritorial\nShy/Fearful\nProtective of food or toys\nOverly active (unable to relax, sit calmly or lay down for long periods of time)\nDestructive\nProne to jumping up to greet people (even if friendly)\n\n3. DO DOG-PROOF YOUR WORKPLACE\n\nDogs can be curious about new environments, smells and people. If your workplace is not already dog-friendly, you might want to do a walk-through to identify any hazards for your dog before you bring them in.\nFor example, important documents, trash cans, cords and small objects that are easily accessible by your dog might need to move up and out of the way. Special floor coverings might need to be rolled up and cleaning supplies should be handy.\nConsider designating a pet-free zone by either putting up a baby gate or keeping certain doors shut, if there are spaces where your dog is not either welcome or safe.\nDON\u2019T assume that everyone else is going to dog-proof their space for your pet. Make sure to kindly remind your coworkers that you are planning to bring your dog, and would like to ensure that their property is safe.\nWork together to make sure their space is free of hazards and that everyone is comfortable with the plan!\n4. DO BRING SUPPLIES\nMake your workspace a happy place for your dog by being fully stocked with a bed, food, water, bowls, leash, waste bags, treats, toys and cleaning supplies for your pet. The more prepared you are, the better success your dog will have during their day at the office. Creating a \u201csafe space\u201d at your desk will help your dog feel comfortable and calm.\nDON\u2019T expect your coworkers to help you manage your pet. In this case, you are the boss! You are 100% responsible for feeding, walking, pottying, disciplining and rewarding your dog.\nRemember, bringing your dog to work should not make it harder for other people (or you) to do your job, so keep this in mind during your workday and be considerate.\n5. DO PLAN OUTSIDE TIME\n\nEvery dog needs time outside during the day to relieve themselves and to burn off energy, so work in a few quick/brisk walks during the workday (15 mins or less should do the trick). If you can take a longer lunch break (60 minutes) make sure you bring that furbaby with you!\nDON\u2019T expect your pet to last all day in the office without a break, or expect your dog to be in the office without you for an extended period of time. If there is a day on your calendar that looks stacked with meetings or offsite commitments, it might not be the best day for you to bring your pet to work.\n6. DO INTRODUCE YOUR DOG\n\nTo help satisfy your dog\u2019s curiosity, it\u2019s a good idea to take your dog on a quick, leashed tour of the office before you settle in for the day. Introductions to other people can help you get a sense of who your dog is attracted to (or not). Always offer treats to your dog for successful introductions (no barking or jumping).\nIf there are other dogs in the office, it\u2019s best to introduce them on neutral territory - like a foyer, courtyard or outdoor space. Walking together is a great way to get dogs on the same page, and heavily treating good behavior is the best way to encourage more good behavior.\nDON\u2019T bring your dog to work if they are not spayed or neutered and will be in contact with other intact office dogs. No one needs that stress! Also, keep yourself attuned to your dog and look out for any signs of stress, aggression or high-energy that could lead to an unsafe scenario.\n7. DO HAVE AN EXIT STRATEGY\nKnow when it\u2019s time to go! You know your dog best, and if you choose to bring them to work, then you must monitor their emotional and behavioral state throughout the day. If you have a Plan B in place, you can always make sure your dog -- and others are safe and happy. Bringing a crate, driving your dog home, or having a friend pick up your pal if things get hairy are all great ways to ensure a safe and happy office visit.\nDON\u2019T forget that you can do all the right things to make your dog feel good about being at work, but you can\u2019t control other people, dogs or random circumstances throughout the day. Knowing that you have a plan in place if/when things go off the rails will make sure you and your dog can stay safe, healthy and happy.\nWhile bringing your pet to work can require a lot of up-front planning, once you\u2019ve got a routine in place, it can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend time with your pet. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your workplace successes or to ask questions. We\u2019re here to help!\nYou Might Also Like\nIs your dog ready for back-to-school season?How to avoid separation anxiety in your dog and YOU!Why does matching your dog\u2019s weight with the right-sized bully stick matter?