It seems dogs are allowed at more and more places every day, from the shops on Main Street to airplanes jetting down to Florida. You can also add the office to these places, as many workplaces are now permitting canine pals to accompany their owner.
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Before you grab your animal's leash, it's a good idea to learn about the best dogs to be left alone for long periods of time. The reason is that business lunches still happen, and meetings in the conference room can drag on. Remember that the best office dogs are those who are properly trained and ready to greet the work world.
Best office dogs
If you plan to bring your furry friend to the office, you might want a low-maintenance dog. The best office dogs are generally those who aren't big barkers, such as the basenji, a pup who is known as the "barkless dog." In truth, this dog breed does make a sound that's similar to a yodel but isn't prone to yelping nonstop, which is ideal in an office setting.
Other best office dogs include some of the giant breeds. While this may seem strange at first thought, massive dogs like the great Dane, Bernese mountain dog, and Newfoundland are actually excellent sleepers, and they need more shut-eye than smaller breeds. Most dogs sleep 12 to 14 hours a day, but the bigger breeds will snooze even more, making them some of the best dogs to be left alone for long periods of time.
Office policies and dogs
Are you gearing up for the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 24? If so, make sure you're aware of your company's policies and definitely get permission from your boss ahead of time. You'll also need to find out if other co-workers are bringing their pets and whether they'll get along with yours. You should find out where you can leave your dog and how to keep him restrained in the office. It's also wise to bring your dog when you don't have all-day meetings and rather a lightly scheduled day that allows you to take frequent breaks to walk and exercise your pup.
Dog gear and workplace safety
Before bringing your dog to the office, make sure it's a safe space for her to explore. Cords that dangle or plants that seem tasty could be dangerous to a dog who is likely to chomp and chew on them. The safety of your co-workers is also critical since an episode of biting could land you in legal hot water.
It goes without saying that any dog who is coming to work must be well trained, which means she's comfortable on a leash, is completely house broken, doesn't jump up, and isn't loud (think whining, barking, crying). To make sure your pet is comfy all day, remember to bring a mat or blanket for her, chew toys to keep her busy, a food bowl, a water dish, and tasty treats.
Benefits of dogs at work
If you get the green light to bring your dog to work, you'll experience a whole host of benefits from this practice. Having an animal near your desk has been shown to increase productivity and enhance cooperation among colleagues. Dogs in the office can help reduce stress, retain employees for longer, and improve worker satisfaction. Employers can also enjoy a staff that works more and has fewer absences since employees don't need to leave as early to rush home and walk their dogs.
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