For one day, dogs nationwide are going to the office instead of the backyard. June 25 marks the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day to celebrate the bond between pet guardians and their dogs. Participating businesses will also “go furry,” encouraging and promoting the adoption of shelter and rescue dogs.
In 1999, Pet Sitters International (PSI) an educational association for professionals working in the pet care industry, created this event to support local pets in the community and to educate on the advantages of adoption and responsible care for a pet.
Marisa Landau runs DogCentric, a PSI-member business. The mid-day private dog walking company located in Maryland has dogs at the office every day. In honor of this month’s special day, DogCentric is hosting a Yappy Hour, inviting people and their dogs to stop by Tommy Joe’s, a restaurant in Bethesda, MD, and share stories about their dog’s experiences of the day.
According to Landau, businesses that allow dogs to visit provide the work environment with motivation. “Not everyone is willing or able to own a pet of their own, so having pets in the workplace can be a real treat,” Landau says. “A pet’s presence in the workplace is likely to increase employee interaction, create conversation among employees, can boost employee morale, and lower stress levels.”
The official Take Your Dog to Work Day website mentions tips to improve your dog’s visit: Prepare your dog before meeting new people or other dogs; use a baby gate to keep your dog in a comfortable area; and have a back up plan just in case your dog is not comfortable with the atmosphere.
For more information visit www.takeyourdog.com –Nicole Soszynski