Five Tips on Office-Dog Etiquette

With Take Your Dog to Work Day just around the corner this Friday, it's time to prepare for a day of wagging tails and furry companionship at the office. While bringing your dog to work can be a fun and rewarding experience, it also requires some careful planning and consideration to ensure a positive experience for both your pup and your colleagues. Here are five essential tips for office-dog etiquette, including what you need to bring for a smooth day at work.

1. Prepare for Safe Travel

  • Car Restraints: Ensure your dog is safely secured in the car using a dog seatbelt, car seat, care seat cover or travel crate. This keeps your pet safe and prevents distractions while driving (psst…you can save 20% with our Travel in Style Bundle!)
  • Comfortable Carrier: If using public transportation, a comfortable, well-ventilated carrier is essential for your dog's safety and comfort.Pack the Essentials.
  • Dog Bed: Bring a comfortable dog bed or blanket to create a cozy resting spot for your dog in your office. This helps them feel secure and provides a designated space for them to relax. What's makes the DOOG Car Seat so great, is that it doubles as a dog bed when you arrive at the office! This means your pup can not only travel with you to work safely but also be comfy and calm at your desk throughout the day.

2. Pack the Essentials

  • Food and Water Bowls: Pack portable food and water bowls. Ensure your dog stays hydrated and has access to their regular food to avoid any digestive issues.
  • Toys and Chews: Bring your dog’s favourite toys and chews to keep them entertained and mentally stimulated during the workday. 

3. Establish a Restroom Routine

  • Frequent Breaks: Schedule regular potty breaks for your dog. Take them outside every few hours to prevent accidents and ensure they get enough exercise.
  • Waste Bags: Always have waste bags on hand to clean up after your dog. Be considerate of your colleagues and maintain a clean environment.

4. Maintain Good Behaviour

  • Leash and Harness or Collar: Keep your dog on a leash when moving around the office to ensure control and prevent any unexpected encounters with other dogs or employees.
  • Training and Commands: Make sure your dog knows basic commands such as sit, stay, and come. This helps manage their behaviour and ensures they remain well-behaved around others.

5. Communicate and Respect Boundaries

  • Notify Colleagues: Inform your coworkers about your plan to bring your dog and check for any allergies or fears. Respect those who may not be comfortable around dogs.
  • Quiet Space: Identify a quiet space where your dog can retreat if they become overwhelmed. This helps them feel safe and reduces stress for both your dog and your colleagues.

By following these tips, you can ensure a fun, safe, and harmonious Take Your Dog to Work Day for everyone involved! 

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