Stacy Dubuc of Carmel, Calif., has won The Bark’s Take Your Dog to Work advice contest with six Ginger-tested tips. (Ginger is Dubuc’s four-year-old Pit Bull.) Dubuc works at the SPCA of Monterey County. (A photo of her co-worker’s dog, Red, was included in our Dogs @ Work slideshow.)
If you plan on taking your dog to the office, consider printing out a copy of Dubuc’s smart suggestions and tacking it to the wall of your cubicle.
1. Make sure your dog is well behaved even when you are not around. Some dogs may be quiet angels with you near their side but become whiners or barkers when you step away from your office.
2. Your dog should be social and like all sorts of people. If your dog is scared of and as a result barks at men, delivery people, etc., work with a trainer to resolve these issues before bringing them to the office.
3. Watch their diet. Even if you are somewhat immune, no one appreciates gassy dogs! Also, let your co-workers know what treats are appropriate for your dog. If they all decide Fido should have their leftovers when you are not looking, you might have some issues.
4. Set up a bed, crate, etc., so they have a “spot” in your office, which could come if handy if you have visitors.
5. Get a covered trashcan, even a well-behaved dog may be tempted by your luncheon discards.
6. Enjoy having your dog around for the day! I am so relaxed (and perhaps a little jealous) when my dog is curled up by my desk snoring away.