Did you know office dogs help to reduce stress at work, increase health and even improve relations between co-workers? It’s true! No wonder that so many people bring their dogs to work nowadays. An office dog is not only a mood booster, but can also make your workplace more attractive for job seekers. An office dog is also the perfect co-worker to encourage you to take breaks. But before you decide to bring your dog to work, it’s important to set some ground rules and make sure that everyone on the office is on-board.
- Make sure your dog enjoys it
Luckily, dogs are pretty good at showing their feelings and emotional state, whether they are happy, stressed or scared. As the owner, it’s your job to read those signals at an early stage, so that you can tell if your dog really likes being at the office.
- A dog policy
To minimize the risk of uncertainties, create a dog policy for your office. If conflicts happen, they will not only affect the co-workers, but also the dog – and we don’t want that. Take inspiration from big companies like Google, who has their own dog policy including rules about responsibility and spaces where dogs are allowed.
- A responsible person
In most cases, the office dog belongs to an employee at work, which makes him or her the natural responsible person. But if you happen to have shared ownership of the dog, it’s important assign a person responsible during office hours, so that there’s always someone to look after the dog.
- Its own space
It can sometimes be stressful at an office – even for an office dog. Make sure that your dog always has its own spot to return to, a comfy bed, water, food and some toys. Even the most social dog would want a place to hide away from humans sometimes.
- Routines and rules
Most dogs find stability in routines and rules, such as knowing when it’s time for a walk and when to eat. It’s common to want to mark off certain spaces where the dog isn’t allowed, such as kitchen and conference room. By using gates or closed doors, you create limits that are easy for the dog to respect.
- Disciplined co-workers
It’s not only your dog that has to be well-mannered, the co-workers should be too. If everyone has their own rules, such as giving snacks between meals or allowing the dog to visit marked off spaces, it becomes impossible for the dog to know its own routines and rules.
- A good insurance
Last but not least, all dogs should be insured – even office dogs. It can happen a lot at an office. If an accident would happen it’s important to have an insurance, so that there won’t be a question about who’s responsible. Safe for your dog and safe for your co-workers.