Bringing your beloved dog into work can be a joyful, enlightening experience which enriches the communal atmosphere at your workplace, but only if the dog, itself, behaves, and the people around you accept him or her. Be courteous and respectful to others’ boundaries; remember that, if your dog is not a service dog or a guide dog, your pet should aid your interpersonal relationships with others, rather than strain, or indeed, destroy them.

Getting Your Priorities Straight

The reason for your dog accompanying you at work should not be for a petty reason such as, “oh, she’d be lonely at home”. There are undoubtedly measures you can take to ensure your pet’s emotional and physical needs are met, including introducing more interactive toys to stave off their boredom at home. Indeed, there are not many workplaces which allow for the introduction of pets, for fear of an unprofessional atmosphere. Despite this, there have been instances when teachers have brought along their pets to school, to foster a kinder, and more communal environment amongst the children, while cleverly providing a bonus reason for the pupils to enjoy school more. Such arrangements should include a whole-hearted agreement between all employees at work. While your pet’s cuteness, and the prospect of having one of your worthiest companions by your side, may be alluring, you must also be mindful of others’ possible discomfort. Your priority is to ensure that the primary aim of your workplace is to be met and that your dog will not cause any distractions to this, or indeed, become a hindrance to others around you. Teamwork is essential for any work-related event, and this involves maintaining positive working relationships with those around you. Do not let your dog become an obstacle to your career’s progress.

Responsibilities Accompanying the Introduction of Your Dog

If your workplace does, fortunately, approve of the entry of your dog, you must ensure that you take full responsibility for your dog’s behaviour, including any accidents which may happen. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and if, indeed, this occurs, you will have to pay to clean up any mess and offer a heartfelt apology, as well as a solution for this not to replay in the future. There is nothing more frustrating than a mischievous dog out of control. Indeed, he or she may be curious in the first couple of weeks. However, if his or her habits are ingrained and never corrected, this not only reflects poorly on you but also damages the sincere and amicable ambience. Nobody wishes to spy urine and faeces everywhere, breeding an unhygienic and putrid physical space for employees to trudge day in and day out of. The presentation of your dog does encompass not only their housetraining but also their physical appearance. Of course, this is embedded in their genes and unchangeable; however, the monthly haircut and trimming of nails are not only healthy for your dog but also to others’ perception of you.

It is an expectation of every owner to ensure that their dog remains safe and that others around you, in the proximity of your pet, remain safe also. So, if your dog has an aggression problem, or lashes out for another psychological reason, it is best that you train them better, or take them to the vet if it is due to a biochemical imbalance.