Safe Family: National Take Your Pet to Work Day

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

Friday, June 20, is National Take Your Pet to Work Day, but before you bring them to the office, you may need to evaluate your pet's personality.

National Take Your Dog to Work Day celebrates our furry friends’ companionship to us, and is meant to encourage adoption from humane societies, shelters, and rescue organizations.

"Banfield's motto is we treat pets like family…pets are family." Dr. Wes Archer at Banfield Pet Hospital says.

But before you think about taking your dog to work, Dr. Archer says you need to think about how your dog will handle the work place.

"Pets need to be socialized, has to be non-aggressive, have vaccinations, and be clean."

Dr. Archer says not every animal is meant to take out in public, and you should think about the impact taking your dog to work will have on your dog. In many cases, dogs can become stressed or anxious in public.

"If you have an aggressive, smelly, problem dog, would be counterproductive in this case."

Also, not every work place is canine-friendly so be sure to check with your employer first.

Take Your Dog to Work Day is supposed to be a fun and creative way to demonstrate how dogs can impact people.

"You don't want to take it to work and find out you have to take it back home."

Just make sure you make the experience is positive for everyone involved.

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  • by Jack Location: Dallas on Jun 20, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    HOw about take a homeless woman or child to work day. nope that wont fly caue everybody knows no one cares for the homeless. and all gods children said amen. we sure wasste a lot of resources on cats and dogs but that money wil not go to helping people.
  • by Jack Location: Dallas on Jun 20, 2008 at 02:52 PM
    How about take a homeless veteran to work day. naa that will never happen. People think more of their cats and dogs then they do people. Never mind. my bad.
  • by ? Location: madill on Jun 20, 2008 at 11:45 AM
    you know i read the headline and i started laughing, but then i read the article and i said to myself "oh they're serious". But what's sad is we'll get some people on here defending this.
  • by Glenn Location: Dallas on Jun 20, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    Are you kidding me? What next, take your mistress to work day. Give me a break. As Americans we have became so darned lazy and caught up in our on little world we will come up with any excuse to turn the "Work" place into out own living room or back yard as it might apply here. It's called work for reason. Hello? Its not bad enough we have to make one excuse after another for why we are so unhappy we have to project it onto pets as well. Its no wonder this country is going to hell in a hand basket, or maybe now a travel kennel. Are you a sheep herder, then yes by all means take your dog to work. If your pushing paper in an office, leave your mutt at home, in the yard.
  • by Ole Cranky Location: Not in Texas right now on Jun 19, 2008 at 05:46 PM
    My dog is stressed out because I used to take her traveling to work with me via vehicle. She loves to stay in hotels and she's not a small pooch. Now, I travel via airplane and she is distressed when I pack my bags because she knows she isn't going. My poor doggy now needs psychoanalysis. Does anyone know of a doggy psych ward veterinarian?
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jun 19, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    Who thinks of this stuff? We must analyze our pets b/4 we take them to work? Maybe we should consult Dr. Phil. "How's that workin' for ya? How does that make ya feel?" I guess we should also make sure our pets don't have a thing for peoples legs (if ya know what I mean!) Go get 'em fido!
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