Honey started working with me when she was eight weeks old. She was the best office mate I’ve ever had.
Today is the sixteenth anniversary of Take Your Dog To Work Day. Here’s insider information on what it’s really like to take your dog to work.
Ask your boss before bringing your dog to work for the first time. Outline a plan for how you’ll manage any issues that come up.
And then hope he doesn’t blame you when everyone else starts bringing their dogs to work without doing the same thing.
Bring a crate so your dog has a safe and comfortable place to rest during the day.
It’s a great place to put your puppy when she has chewed up your third pencil in twenty minutes.
Hide the crate in a quiet and discreet part of your office.
Because you won’t believe how hard it is to show someone how to fix their credit report once they notice the puppy and ask, “Can I hold her?”
Hold outdoor meetings when coworkers want to run something buy you.
When a pup’s gotta go, a pup’s gotta go.
Learn to type with one hand so you can keep the pup from falling off your lap with the other.
Hey, there’s gotta be some loss of efficiency. And unless you’re a surgeon, no one is going to die because you’re working one-handed.
Get ready to be the most popular person in the office as coworkers suddenly remember projects they need to consult with you about.
Don’t let your self-esteem drop too low when you realize no one really wants to talk to you at all with a puppy behind your desk.
Come early to work or stay late.
You’ll need to find some way to make up the time you miss working because you’re tending to the puppy every half hour.
Arrange to work at home at least some of the time.
Because once you’ve shared your office with a dog, you’ll hate working any other way.
Taking Honey to work as a puppy gave her rock solid house training and people skills. If your boss, you, and your pup are up to it, I definitely recommend you take your dog to work.
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Your turn: Have you ever taken your dog to work? How did it work for you?