Introduced by Pet Sitters International in 1999, Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWD) has quickly risen to popular heights among avid pet lovers. Designed to bring awareness to the close bond shared between humans and their animal companions, Take Your Dog to Work Day promotes responsible pet ownership as well as the joys of pet adoption.
According to the official Take Your Dog to Work Day website, the date is set for Friday, June 22nd of this year. However, although the name suggests that only our canine friends are honored on this date, the website states that the entire week of June 18th - 22nd is known as Take Your Pet to Work Week. This week-long event celebrates all pets and invites their owners to welcome them to their workplaces in celebration of their relationships.
Due to certain codes or possible building restrictions, and in consideration of coworkers who may suffer from allergies, bringing an animal into certain work areas may not be permitted. Due to this, it is suggested that you contact the management or supervisors at your workplace to check if bringing an animal to the location is allowed. If it is permitted, and after completing the registration at the TYDTWD website, there are certain preparations that you should make. These will ensure your pet stays happy and safe while at your workplace.
Make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations and exams. Doing so will prevent transference of any unknown illnesses your pet may be carrying or may contract from another pet at the event. Give your pet a good grooming so they will be free from pests. Flea and tick prevention products can be used to ensure your pets do not carry pests home after their day. Frontline plus coupons are readily available so it doesn't have to be expensive.
Bringing favorite toys or bedding from home will help ease your petâ€™s transition to its new surroundings. Label each item so as to not lose them as they play. Bring treats and water bowls and make sure your pet has plenty of both.
Have your employer agree on a certain area around your building so your pet may relieve himself throughout the day. Bring bags to safely pick up and dispose of your petâ€™s waste in a proper manner in order to keep the workplace neat.
Pet proof your workspace by removing all plants that may prove a hazard if ingested. Designate a small area close to you where your pet may rest during the day. Remove cords and dangling objects to avoid any accidents where they may be tangled and trip.
To build some interest in anticipation of the day, collect things like Frontline Plus coupons and sale papers from local pet stores to share with your coworkers. Take Your Dog to Work day is a way to educate everyone on responsible pet adoption and ownership while bringing coworkers together to share a common interest.Â Have you ever taken your dog to work? We'd love to hear about your experience.