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Take Your Dog to Work Day Contests
Share tips, photos—win prizes, fame (sort of)
What makes your dog a star at the office?

[UPDATE: We have a winner! Read about Stacy Dubuc and Ginger.]


We’re excited about Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 26—not just because it’s something we do nearly everyday but because we know under the right circumstances ice-breaking, comforting balls of fur at the office can be good for the dogs and for their people.

So, we’ve come up with two ways to share our enthusiasm for canines near the copier with two—yup, two—Take your Dog to Work contests.

Tell us your strategies for bringing your dog to work.
Post your tried-and-true advice as a comment below, and we’ll select one lucky tipster from the entries to receive a Bark goodie bag. We also start the ball rolling with some of our own ideas with something we call “Office Petiquette” in a sec.

If you’re more the picture’s-worth-a-thousand-barks type, send us a photo of your office dog (your own or a colleagues’), and we’ll include our favorites in our Dogs @ Work slideshow. It’s easy.

Office Petiquette
Pet-friendly workplace policies vary, but they usually include several basic elements: The needs of people who have allergies or don’t want to work near animals must be accommodated, pets must be housebroken and kept on leash or under control, and employees must clean up after their pet outside. Here are other “petiquette” points and suggestions for pet-proofing your work zone:

•Your dog should respond to basic commands, such as “sit” and “stay.”

•Your dog should be socialized to people and other dogs.

•Your personal workspace should comfortably accommodate your dog.

•Keep a supply of chew toys on hand to occupy your dog when needed.

•Leave squeaky toys at home, and invest in dog tag “silencers.”

•No fleas at work! Keep your dog clean and well-groomed.

•Walk your dog in a designated area several times a day, and clean up afterward.

Above all, consider your dog’s temperament. If she’s extremely shy or uncomfortable around strangers, the workplace may be too overwhelming. And, of course, if she has a history of aggressive behavior, leave her at home and get help from a professional trainer or behaviorist.

Source: SF/SPCA

5 Tips for a Dog-Safe Office
•Keep small items (paper clips, loose change, staples, rubber bands) off the floor.

•Store ink cartridges, pens, markers and highlighters out of your dog’s reach.

•Put cleaning solutions in a safe place; they can be toxic and potentially deadly.

•Leave shredders unplugged to protect dangling ears and tails.

•Contain your dog if you can’t supervise him.

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Submitted by SaraG | June 18 2009 |

I work in a home office, so my dogs are ALWAYS at the office. Sometimes clients come to see me, so I have a "Mind the Dog" sign on my fence so newcomers will be aware. I also always try to ask new clients if they are OK with dogs before they come to see me.

Submitted by Stacy | June 26 2009 |

A few tips from my own experiences...

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 a gassy dog! Also, let your co-workers know what treats are appropriate for your dog. If they all decide "Fido" should have their luncheon 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 trash can, 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...

Submitted by Chrissy | June 19 2009 |

Take your dog to work day is so much fun! I just noticed my.arfie.com is holding a photo contest - http://my.arfie.com/page/take-your-dog-to-work-day My boss is going to be out of town, so I'm going to try to bring my little guy in for a few hours. Good excuse to leave early on a Friday!!


Submitted by morgan's mom | June 19 2009 |

I'll bring my foster dogs to work when I think they can handle it so they get more socialization and exposure to people. So far all of them have done really well and enjoyed being in the office - mostly because of the attention. :) I NEVER bring ones that will bark when without me.

Submitted by Kathy Konetzka-Close | June 22 2009 |

Back when I worked in veterinary medicine, I was always able to take my dog to work with me. As you can imagine,it was a wonderful treat to eat your lunch everyday with your dog. After I left the field, I figured those days were through. However, my husband and I adopted a Collie puppy last summer, and as we were going through the potty training phase, puppy came to work with me every day. My boss--an animal lover as well as a dentist (for people) was thrilled to have a puppy staying in his office, and the entire staff enjoyed having a "puppy break" now and then. Wyatt got walked, cuddled, and cooed over those first few weeks until he was spoiled rotten. He doesn't come to work with me these days, as he's a big boy now but while he was here, I made sure that it would be as stress-free for everyone as possible. Wyatt got plenty of potty breaks, lots of attention, lots of play time and, perhaps more importantly, plenty of rest time in his crate. All in all, it was a lovely experience and it helped socialize a young pup who was a little shy. Win-win for everyone!

Submitted by Labuelita | June 26 2009 |

I was able to take Posey, our Australian Cattle Dog, to work with me and everyone loved it. On the occasions that we go to work in the city, Posey gets very excited. Posey works on our ranch but she gets depressed staying home when I go to work. I had a private office so I could bring her with me and she would lay down on the rug with her toys.
The obvious benefit was taking her for walks at breaktime and talking to co-workers about how beautiful she is!
We had lunch at El Pollo Loco, a local chain drive-thru. She had a chicken fajita.
Now, I can't drive by El Pollo Loco without her salivating!

Submitted by Katy | July 9 2009 |

I started by bringing my dog in on the weekend or in the evening, when I would be going in for just a few hours. Now she is comfortable in the office and has no problems being there for the whole day.

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