Bringing your dog to work is not only beneficial for you, but it’s also good for your coworkers and office staff. Having pups in the office can be therapeutic. They provide social support, comfort, and may even put a smile on your face after a long meeting. Visit DogLeashPro to learn how owning a pup can improve your life, both at home and at the office.
If your manager allows you to bring your pups to the office, here are three things you can do to ensure your furry pups feel safe and comfortable.
Training your pup to socialize with people at work
It’s natural for your pups to feel confused and anxious on their first day at the office. A new environment can also overwhelm them. To help with this, make sure you have full control of your pooch and that they are standing next to you. Here are a few ways you can socialize your canine for the office so they can quickly adapt and feel more comfortable.
- Walk around the office and introduce your furry friend to your coworkers and managers. They’re expecting to meet your pups so it’s also exciting for them. Make sure your pooch is on a leash so you have control. After each new introduction and well-behaved manners, you can give them a treat. By doing this, your pup will learn to like meeting new people and become familiar with them.
- If your office already has other dogs, be sure to introduce your pup to them as well. Your pooch will learn to socialize with other dogs and know they are safe.
- Will you be driving to work in a car or taking the train? If you’re driving to work with your dog, have them hop to the back of your car. If you’re taking the train, make sure your pups are on a leash or carry them in your dog carrier bag. Establish this routine so they learn that they are heading into the office with you.
Before heading to work, make sure to take your pooch on a walk so they can go potty after breakfast. Let them run around in your backyard to expend their energy. This way, they are calmer during the car ride to work and in the office.
During your lunch hour, walk your canines on a leash to a nearby park so they can go potty again. Allow them to run around and explore the park. This will allow them to be more relaxed in the office.
Your office or workplace should be comfortable for your dog
Take a look at your office and see if there’s enough space to put down a comfortable dog bed. You can get a regular dog bed or an elevated dog bed so your furry friends feel safe and warm. Many office buildings have powerful HVAC systems so it can get quite cold in the summer when the air conditioner is on full blast.
Because of this, add a cozy throw to your pup’s bed and a few toys to keep your pup entertained for hours. Some owners may bring a crate and place it in the corner of their office. To make the crate comfortable for their furry friends, they will add a crate pad so their pups feel comfortable.
Don’t forget about those dog treats! If you’re bringing your four-legged friends to the office, remember to always bring treats with you as well. When your canine displays good behaviors, feel free to give them treats. This is a good learning opportunity for them and they will learn to continue this good behavior.
Training your dog to behave in the workplace
A canine’s primitive instinct is to bark, run, and go through the garbage. It’s a way for them to explore the environment around them. While it is natural for our four-legged friends to do this in order to interact with their surroundings, it can also be dangerous.
Thus, training your canine companion before they head into the office is a good idea. As pet owners, you should train them to sit, stay, and not bark in the office. If you catch them rummaging through the garbage at work, train them not to do it. Be sure to train with treats.
If it’s noontime and your coworkers are eating lunch at their desks, it’s natural for dogs to sit next to them and beg for food. Make sure you train your dog not to jump onto tables. If they’re just sitting next to your coworkers and looking at their food but not bothering them, then it’s fine.
Having dogs in the office benefits everyone. Our canine friends are support animals that help keep employees in the office stay calm and productive. When employees pet the dog on their way to a meeting, it can help relieve stress and even bring a smile to their faces. But we want to make sure our pooch is safe and comfortable in the office too.