Now that some offices are beginning to reopen, you may not be able to work with your favorite furry coworker for much longer. Thankfully, there’s still Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 25 to look forward to if your office is dog-friendly! However, before you load up your dog and hit the carpool lane, there are a few things you should prep and consider before you introduce your four-legged friend to your human coworkers. 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 most minor 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.”

#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.

Think your pup is ready to visit your office? Make one final stop at our clinic to schedule their wellness visit first, and then you’re ready to hit the carpool lane! And if you have work trips to look forward to? Consider leaving your pet with us for pet boarding! We’ll be sure your furry friend has a blast with us while you’re away on a work trip.