The Dos and Don’ts of ‘Bring Your Pet to Work Day’

Jun 16, 2014 by

 

Good news, everyone! Friday, June 20, is officially ‘Bring Your Pet to Work Day.’ It can be fun and rewarding to bring your furry (or not so furry) family member to work with you, but remember that it can also be stressful and annoying if you’re not following the dos and don’ts of workplace petiquette. For those that have already participated in a day like this, let this be a reminder; for those that are new to this, let this be a warning. Heed my advice, people!

  • DO:

Make sure that ‘Bring Your Pet to Work Day’ is okay with your boss. Don’t just assume that because you’ve read all the coolest pet blogs and know every pet “holiday” in every month means that everyone else has, as well. Have a talk with your boss and your co-workers and see if everyone is okay with the idea. Pro tip: take adorable pictures of your pet and show them to everyone in your office to help ease them into the idea.

  • DON’T:

Play by your own rules.  You don’t want to get fired. Did you show the adorable pictures of your pet to everyone? Did someone say, “No, please don’t bring your cat because I’m allergic”? Did you bring your cat anyway because you bathed it last week and surely nobody is allergic to properly groomed pets? Did that co-worker go through an entire box of tissues and an entire bottle of eye drops in one day? Yeah, don’t be that guy. Pro tip: being allergic to cats is the worst. Yes, I’m bitter about it.

  • DO:

Make sure and bring all the supplies you need to make sure your pet is properly cared for and happy throughout his or her stay. This means: favorite toy, water/food, its bed (if it’s a reasonable size), pee pads (if it isn’t potty trained, granted, you probably shouldn’t bring a pet if it isn’t potty trained), poop bags (if it needs to go outside). Being in a foreign environment with strangers can be stressful to your little buddy, so you want to make it as comfortable as possible.

  • DON’T:

Let your pet run around your workplace off the leash and unsupervised. Not everyone wants to play with it, no matter how cute it is. I know what you’re thinking: “Can’t I just let it take a poop under my enemy’s desk?” The answer is no, no matter how gratifying the end result is. That’s just going to make the entire place smell and nobody wants that.

  • DO:

Make sure your pet is up-to-date on his or her medical vaccinations. This is really more of a “DO” for every situation, but it especially applies if you’re taking your pet to work to hang out with a bunch of strangers. Check with your vet before June 20 to see if your pet is ready to go!

  • DON’T:

Spend the next few days training your pet to attack the person in the office who always makes the coffee way too strong in the morning. “It’s fine, he’s up-to-date on his shots,” you said. “He doesn’t bite that hard,” you said. “Stop using so many coffee grounds and so little water and this wouldn’t happen,” you said.

  • DO:

Continue working like it’s a normal day. Just because your pet is with you doesn’t mean you get the day off. If you have deadlines, you better be sure to plan ahead and manage your time correctly. ‘Bring Your Pet to Work Day’ is supposed to be about fun, and it will be – just don’t let it get in the way of your necessary business.

  • DON’T:

Take 10 bathroom breaks throughout your eight-hour workday and place the blame on your pet. You leave your pet at home every day for eight hours while you’re gone and it doesn’t have to pee one time. We know you’re smoking again – we can smell it on your clothes. Remember that in-office party we threw for you last month because we were all so proud you quit? You’re stronger than this, Janet!

  • DO:

Know your pet and ask what other pets your co-workers are thinking about bringing. For example, if you’re bringing a dog and your co-worker is bringing a cat, make sure that your dog has been prepared enough to get along with a cat during a workday. If your dog is overly aggressive and won’t ever stop barking at cats, make sure you either bring his crate or keep him in your office far away from the cat. Nobody wants to hear barking if they’re trying to work.

  • DON’T:

Bring snakes or spiders to the party. That’s never okay and you know it. Why would you even consider that? They aren’t pets; they’re nightmares.

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