7 Tips to Nail for Take Your Dog To Work Day®

Pet parents will have more fur than usual on their clothes today.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of PSI’s Take Your Dog to Work Day®.  Started by Pet Sitters International to celebrate what great companion’s dogs make and help promote their adoptions.

It is estimated that 300 businesses participated in the first TYDTWDay and has grown since.  Across the country companies will open their doors and help raise money for local pet rescue organizations.  Doing good while having a stress lowering family member with you, what could be better?

If you are taking your four-legged family member to the office, here are a few things to keep in mind to make your dog feel right at home.

  1. To Know Me Is to Love Me

    • Pet parents know their furry family members best. Be sure you ask yourself, How does your dog fit into the workplace?  Do they enjoy meeting new humans and dogs?  Some do very well in a hurried unfamiliar atmosphere.  If your pet is vaccinated, clean and healthy, and meets the other requirements set out by your organization, your dog may be a good candidate to accompany you on TYDTWDay.
  1. Give The Dog A Bone

    • Having familiar items from home (other than mom or dad) will help your dog relax and feel more comfortable throughout the day. Their bed and a couple of favorite toys will be key.
  1. Every Dog Has His Day

    • Although your office may be your home away from home it is more than likely not doggy proofed. Remember to keep an eye out for food that is potentially hazardous such as coffee, chocolate, avocados, macadamia nuts, onions and garlic.  Human medicines, insecticides or rodenticides, and cleaning products are often found in offices and may not be secured. Batteries, poisonous plants (including aloe vera and ivy) as well as trash cans, and unsecured electrical cords are hazards as well.
  1. Leashed = Loved

    • Your dog should not roam free in the office. Make sure you have what you need to help keep your pet safe and secured at your workspace. Consider how your dog will stay confined to your desk, office, cube, communal work space. Collapsible mesh crates are light weight and easy to transport.
  1. The Well-Traveled Dog

    • Work can be busy enough without having to run out to the drug store in the middle of the day so don’t forget these easily packable items. Just as when you travel with your dog, having handy for refreshment, safety and clean up makes your job as pet parent easier.
      • Water
      • Portable water bowl
      • Poop bags
      • Baby wipes
      • Treats
      • Pet-safe disinfectant
      • Baby-gate or dog crate
  1. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

    • Not all of your co-works like dogs.   Some may be fearful of dogs or are someone who has an allergic condition that cause them not to be able to pet your pup. Just as you should always ask if you can pet a dog first, don’t let your dog invade someone’s personal space unless you have already established it is OK for them to do so.







  1. Running With Your Dog

    • Even the most well behaved happy-go-lucky dogs do well in a new environment. TYDTWDay can be a busy event or even an unexpected stressor so have an exit plan.  If your dog seems restless and unable to relax even during a quiet moment, or you just think they are done for the day, have a plan to take your pet home.


See what is happening around the country for TYDTWDay https://www.facebook.com/takeyourdog

Event creator PSI is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters. For any day pets can’t be at work or if dogs need midday walks on TYDTWDay, pet parents can search PSI’s Pet Sitter Locator to find a local professional pet sitter or dog walker.


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