As pet owners, we’ve always dreamed about taking our pets to work because it’s hard to bear the thought of leaving them home alone. One of the greatest joys as a pet parent may be coming home from a long day of work to a happy pup, but for the past year, there was no need to leave them home alone. In fact, your furry pal was probably your favorite coworker while you worked from home this past year.

Now that states are beginning to reopen again, you may have to go back to the office without your pet by your side 24/7. Fortunately, June 25 is Take Your Dog to Work Day, so you may be able to work with your best bud again. However, before you load up your dog and hit the carpool lane, here are a few ways to prepare your pet for a productive day at the office. 

#1: Evaluate your pet’s personality 

Truthfully consider whether your pet has the right personality to be a good fit for office life. Some dogs bark at the smallest sound, while others become an anxious wreck around strangers. If your dog is calm, cool, and collected in unusual places with strange people and sounds, they’ll likely relax in your cubicle and be the perfect companion. Brush up on obedience commands, like “Sit,” “Down,” and “Stay,” to help your pooch win “Employee of the Month.” Who knows, if your canine companion is a shining coworker example, every day may end up Take Your Dog to Work Day.

#2: Ensure your pet is current on vaccinations and parasite prevention

Sick coworkers are shunned and should stay home. Ensure your dog is current on vaccinations and parasite prevention so they cannot transmit zoonotic diseases or parasites to your two-legged coworkers. Bringing fleas into the workplace may end up in your permanent record, so keep your pooch on regular preventives.

#3: Pack your pet’s supplies

Bored coworkers disrupt the entire office, and no work gets accomplished. Pack plenty of toys, long-lasting treats, and food puzzles to keep your dog occupied while you work, and bring their bed so they can curl up and relax. If possible, take your dog for a brisk walk during your lunch break to help tire them out and prevent overexcitement when you go back to work. And, don’t forget to pack waste bags to ensure your pet is a clean and tidy coworker.

If you think your pooch will enjoy coming to the office with you, make sure to contact our team to schedule their wellness visit to ensure they’re healthy and ready to hit the workplace.