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Take Your Dog to Work Day

Did you know that June 24th is Take Your Dog To Work Day? Fido has actually been coming to work with us for thousands of years. After all, Man’s Best Friend has had an impressive number of careers, including search and rescue, hunting, tracking, herding, law enforcement, therapy, and assisting the disabled. However, despite Fido’s impressive resume, he may not be a good fit for every workplace. In this article, an Indianapolis, IN veterinarian discusses Take Your Dog To Work Day.

Required Qualifications

First things first: before bringing Fido to work, you’ll need to get permission from your employer. This is of course going to depend very much on your industry and work environment. You’re probably much more likely to get permission if you work at a small, casual office than if you’re employed by a big corporation. It’s also important to make sure your co-workers are onboard: ask around, and make sure that no one objects.

Skill Sets

Fido should be fully housetrained, and should follow basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. You’ll also want to make sure your furry friend is current on vaccines and parasite control. For sake of courtesy, we recommend giving your pooch a bath before his first day.

Considerations

Even if Fido is welcome at your workplace, that doesn’t mean he’ll necessarily be comfortable there. If you work in a loud area, or in a place with a lot of commotion or strong scents, your canine pal may be happier staying home with a new toy.

The Right Match

Your pet’s personality is something else to consider. A friendly, calm dog that wags his tail at everyone may actually put smiles on your client’s faces. However, a territorial pooch that barks or growls at strangers probably isn’t going to be a good fit for any workplace. Senior dogs, puppies, nervous dogs, pets with certain medical issues, and really large dogs may also be better off at home.

Workplace Restrictions

Don’t let Fido run around unsupervised! Man’s Best Friend tends to be rather opportunistic about food. You don’t want your four-legged buddy begging your co-workers to share their lunches or, worse, digging through the trash.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health, behavior, or care? We are here to help! Contact us, your local Indianapolis, IN animal hospital, anytime!

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