‘Take Your Dog to Work Day,’ Does it Work for Your Dog?

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ will be observed on Friday, June 20, 2014, and you may be one of the thousands of pet lovers considering taking your best friend to the office to see how you spend your days. 

TYDTWD is always on the Friday following Father’s Day. It was first celebrated by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1996 in the United Kingdom, according to, and was introduced on June 24, 1999[1] in the United States.

The goal is to encourage adoptions from local animal shelters, rescue groups and humane societies, as U.S. employees—and increasingly those in Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand—introduce to co-workers the four-legged family member whose photo often adorns their desk.

Kristen Collins, animal-behavior specialist with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has put together the following great tips and guidelines to make sure the day is enjoyed by dogs and coworkers alike. 



 First and foremost, make sure your dog actually wants to go to work with you, Kristin advises. Consider that fearful, shy or elderly dogs might not do well in a busy office.

1.   If your dog is aggressive toward strangers or other dogs, it’s best to leave him/her at home.


2.  Prepare a spot for your dog in advance with a comfy bed, water and a few toys and treats.

3.  Avoid squeaky toys or anything that could be distracting to colleagues.


Be on the lookout for signs of anxiety, Kristin advises, such as, tucked tails, flattened ears and panting.

4.  Plan to take your dog home if he/she is not enjoying him/herself.

5.  Have a baby gate or an exercise pen handy to confine your

     dog and keep him/her from wandering or running away from

     your desk.

6.   Be sure to bring something entertaining and tasty to chew, like

     a yummy stuffed Kong.

7.  Bring treats for your coworkers to offer to your dog. This

     way, he/she won’t tire of meeting strangers and can practice

     obedience skills or show off tricks.

8.  Give your dog plenty of potty breaks during the day and bring

     clean-up supplies.

(See more great tips by the ASPCA at )

Two more personal suggestions are to plan your schedule ahead of time so that you will not have to leave your dog unattended for a prolonged period. This can cause anxiety for your pet.

 Also, be sure that you will not be traveling around town or beyond on TYDTWD and leaving your dog in an unattended vehicle regardless of the weather, but especially on June 20, which is the day before summer officially begins. reminds us that as early as 9:30 a.m., with an outside temperature of only 87 degrees, the temperature inside a car can rise to 115 degrees. 

Taking your dog to work requires some basic planning and preparation in order to assure it is a fun, safe, stress-free day, but think of how it will enhance the pleasure of future discussions with your pet about how your day went!

Sources: ASPCA